WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – 9 News Now is reporting plans by Metro to raise fares this summer to ease a budget crunch. They are giving you the opportunity to speak your mind before they do.

As a part of a recent initiative to be more open to the public, Metro will hold six public hearings over the next two weeks to take community input into consideration. Meetings lead off with an hour-long open house starting at 6:oo p.m. followed by a public hearing one hour later.

You can expect a 5% fare hikes. WMATA would like to increase the maximum Metrorail fare to $5.75 for SmarTrip card users, but paper fare card users could see a higher flat fee. Metrorail will dump its 20-cent “peak-of-the-peak” surcharge, usually collected between the hours of 7:30 to 9 a.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Metrobus SmarTrip fares will be raised from $1.60 to $1.70 with a flat fee of $2 for people paying cash.

You can the scheduled open house time here:

Monday, Feb. 27
Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD

Wednesday, Feb. 29
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Cafeteria
7130 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA

Thursday, March 1
Matthews Memorial Baptist Church
John H. Kearney, Sr. Fellowship Hall
2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, DC

Monday, March 5
Washington Lee High School Cafeteria
1301 N Stafford St
Arlington, VA

Tuesday, March 6
St. Columba’s Episcopal Church
4201 Albemarle Street NW
Washington, DC

Wednesday, March 7
First United Methodist Church
6201 Belcrest Road
Hyattsville, MD


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