Metro has started rolling the ball on general fare restructuring with a discussion brought about by the agency’s Finance, Budget & Audit Committee. With TAP now fully implemented and subway station turnstiles latched, Metro believes an opportunity is at hand to bring about distance-based fares on rail lines. However, Metro staff is also considering more innovative schemes that would encourage transfers that in turn would help make commuting faster and free up resources. Financial pressures have made discussion of the subject a necessity, since a lower farebox recovery ratio (currently at 26%) would lead to reduced federal grants and less service. It will be several months before Metro can divulge more concrete plans and discuss them at public hearings. In the meantime, view the agenda item to see what Metro has in mind.