- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Metro will close most of its in-person sales offices in coming weeks as part of a series of moves to close a nearly $300 million budget gap.

Metro officials said Tuesday the decision was made to reduce expenses and minimize the impact of possible fare increases and service reductions next year.

Four sales offices, including Metro Center, Pentagon, Anacostia and the Northern Bus Garage will be closed beginning Nov. 15. Officials said those four offices each handle fewer than 200 transactions per day.

The statement says only 0.03 percent of riders will be affected by the closures because most Metro sales transactions occur at fare vending machines or online. Riders will still be able to reload fare cards at retail outlets including CVS and Giant.

“In recent years, Metro sales offices have seen a significant decline in usage while their cost to operate has increased,” the transit agency said.

The sales office at Metro Headquarters, at 600 Fifth St. NW, will continue to offer full service weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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