URGENT ALERT for METROACCESS Riders and others who oppose higher fares. Attend the April 26 WMATA Board Meeting and speak out!

April 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

!! ACT NOW TO STOP METROACCESS FARE INCREASES!!Action Alert

Do YOU, or someone you care about, use MetroAccess, which is the regional ADA paratransit service for the Washington Metropolitan Area?

Do YOU think that MetroAccess fares are too high?  Have YOU stopped taking some trips on MetroAccess because the fare costs too much?

Maybe you testified at the public hearings in February and March held by the WMATA Board of Directors and told them that fares are too high.  Maybe you completed a survey or sent written testimony.  If so, THANK YOU!

Since those hearings, the WMATA Board has been considering the WMATA budget proposals for FY 2013 (starting on July 1, 2012) and what, if any, fare increases will be approved for Metro bus, Metro rail and MetroAccess.  Now, they have agreed on a final proposal for fare increases, and they will vote on it at the WMATA Board of Directors meeting THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012.

Every indication is that the WMATA Board has decided to keep the current fare structure for MetroAccess with fares based on TWICE the comparable fixed route fare using the fastest trip as calculated by the WMATA trip planner.  Since WMATA plans to increase Metro bus and rail fares, there will be an increase in the actual cost of MetroAccess fares also.  They did decide not to increase the cap on MetroAccess fares, which will remain at $7 rather than increasing to $7.40 per trip.

Nevertheless, the WMATA Board did not consider the urging of the disability community, including their own Accessibility Advisory Committee, to switch to a fare structure that is less complex and easier to understand and use, and to reduce current fares so that people with disabilities and seniors, especially those on fixed incomes, can afford to ride.

THE DECISION IS NOT FINAL YET, AND THERE IS STILL SOMETHING YOU CAN DO!!

The WMATA Board of Directors does not take its final vote on fare increases until its April 26 meeting.  That will be THURSDAY!

This alert is a call to action for MetroAccess patrons and all disability rights advocates.  We need to come out and attend the WMATA Board meeting in large numbers on April 26 and demonstrate by our presence that we want the WMATA Board to decrease rather than increase MetroAccess fares and develop an easier and fairer fare structure.

WE URGE YOU TO ATTEND THE WMATA BOARD MEETING ON APRIL 26.  Come to listen and support the disability community.  Come to testify during public comment.  WE NEED TO DEMONSTRATE HOW IMPORTANT THIS ISSUE IS TO US!

Here are the details:

WHAT:           WMATA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
WHEN:           Thursday morning, April 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE:        WMATA Headquarters  600 5th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Lobby Level
(Judiciary Square or Gallery Place Metro Stations – Red Line)
WHY:             To show our solidarity in urging that WMATA should lower MetroAccess fares and simplify
its fare structure.

If you want to speak in public comment time:  You should arrive early – by 10:00 or 10:30 a.m.  You must sign up to speak at the door.  Each speaker has only 2 minutes and so if you have a lot to say put it in writing.  The speakers list is closed by 11 a.m. when the Board meeting begins.

You don’t have to speak if you don’t want to.  It is important that you are there to show support for those who do speak.  Your presence will speak volumes!

Feel free to share this alert with others and encourage them to attend.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

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Entry filed under: Action Alerts, Advocacy, Event/Meeting, Other.

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