Did Metro kill the B30 bus?
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's board adopted a sweeping package of fare increases last night while protecting the system from most service cuts.
I don't doubt the necessity or the increases or the wisdom of preserving service, but the one far increase that strikes me as counterproductive is the jump in the fare of the B30 bus from Greenbelt Metro to BWI from $3.10 to $6.
This near-doubling will be a real shock to the budgets of those who depend on it, and will discourage its use as a transit bridge between Baltimore and Washington on weekends or when MARC is disabled. It's not that the fare shouldn't have risen -- $3 was a bargain -- but transit agencies ought to implement increases more incrementally.
We'll just have to see what this does to ridership on the bus. It would be a shame if this were a death blow.