[NFBV-Alexandria] FW: DASH Community Meetings: 3/21 & 4/5
brianrmiller88 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 16 14:14:15 UTC 2018
Please see the below important announcement about DASH bus service in Alexandria, and be sure to take the opportunity to let your voice be heard!
Brian Miller, PH.D.
Greater Alexandria Chapter of the NFB of Virginia
From: In A DASH News [mailto:allyson.teevan=alexandriava.gov at mail36.suw111.mcdlv.net] On Behalf Of In A DASH News
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2018 8:30 AM
To: brianrmiller88 at gmail.com
Subject: DASH Community Meetings: 3/21 & 4/5
DASH Community Meetings
March 21 and April 5, 2018
As part of its annual budget development process, DASH is gathering community input on several proposed fare and service changes. The proposed changes include a fare increase from $1.60 to $1.75, an increase in the cost of the monthly DASH Pass from $40 to $45, a new discounted Senior SmarTrip fare during off-peak periods, and a minor reduction in weekday morning King Street Trolley service.
The proposed changes are part of a larger DASH budget proposal that seeks to improve the agency’s financial stability amidst declining ridership trends at both the regional and national levels. “DASH takes great pride in its low fares and exceptional customer service,” said DASH Marketing & Communications Manager, Allyson Teevan. “Our proposed FY 2019 budget is designed to increase revenues, avoid major service cuts, and maintain fares that are still well below all other bus agencies in the D.C region.”
One of the highlights of the proposed fare changes is a new $1.00 senior fare for all Senior SmarTrip users traveling during off-peak weekday hours (before 6:00 AM, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and after 6:00 PM) and on weekends. The new discount is aimed at making public transit more affordable for Alexandria’s senior community members and encouraging increased ridership during off-peak periods when buses are less crowded.
The proposed fare increase would raise the cost of a single, one-way trip from $1.60 to $1.75 to help offset the cost of the new senior program. The change represents the first fare DASH fare increase in nearly five years, and only the third fare increase since 1999.
DASH is collecting feedback on the proposed changes outlined above. Community members may provide input online at www.dashbus.com, via e-mail, via telephone (703-746-DASH), or in person at one of several community meetings that are being held throughout the city, that will also stream Live on DASH’s Facebook @DASHBus:
* Wednesday, March 21, 2018: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
William Ramsay Elementary School, 5700 Sanger Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311
* Thursday, April 5, 2018: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305
For more information on the proposed changes or to provide feedback, visit <https://dashbus.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3e5af002d0f37061a505927f2&id=def7b1a34e&e=8d0df8515b> www.dashbus.com.
Please refer to the <https://dashbus.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3e5af002d0f37061a505927f2&id=3fda6a1ebb&e=8d0df8515b> DASH Ride Guide for Routes and Schedule information.
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