Maryland congressman proposes WMATA flat-fare experiment

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., is proposing a 1-year pilot program that would set flat-rate fares at selected stations on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Metrorail system.

The pilot fare would be $2.75 from three stations, one each in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia to any other point on the subway system.

Brown is a past Maryland lieutenant governor. His district includes Metrorail terminal stations at New Carrollton, Branch Avenue, and Largo Town Center, all in Prince George's County.

Metro fares are distance-based, so passengers who would benefit from the flat fare would be from outlying stations. Current fares to the three stations in Brown's district exceed $3 to a point in downtown Washington.

Brown's bill also proposes safety task forces for rail and bus routes within the District, and a needs-based fare reduction plan.

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