#DCLOCAL Metro To Stop Charging Exit Fare

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency announced Thursday that starting July 1, Metrorail customers who enter a station but leave before boarding a train within 15 minutes will no longer be charged the minimum fare. The new grace period, which is written into Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld's budget for the 2017 fiscal year, satisfies a demand long espoused by WMATA’s legions of perpetually aggrieved riders.

 

Currently, Metro customers who swipe through a turnstile but bail out before a train arrives are charged $2.15 during rush hour and $1.75 during off-peak hours. But with a 300 percent increase in reports of delayed or malfunctioning trains over just two years, riders started clamoring for a grace period.