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Metro’s cash-free bus pilot aims to speed up trips

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld talks in his office in Washington, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld talks in his office in Washington, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is set to stop cash payments on a route, as part of a pilot program meant to speed up bus trips.

WTOP-FM reports Metro is set to ban the payments on the 79 limited-stop route along Georgia Avenue, between the Silver Spring Transit Center and Archives-Navy Memorial, starting June 24.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld believes cash-free and similar improvements could be important as Metro finalizes a broader bus system overhaul.

But Metro Accessibility Advisory Committee Chair Phil Posner says cash-free buses is something they have worried about for the disabled community and underserved community.

The ban would become permanent in December after a public hearing this year and could also expand to other routes.


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