Metro to Hand Out Free Farecards to Get Riders on Yellow Line
Metro trying to incentivize commuters to jump from the Blue Line to the Yellow Line at certain stations.
Rush Plus service isn’t relieving crowding on some lines like Metro planned, so the transit system is going to start handing out free farecards worth $5 to some passengers on Monday, according to WTOP.
When Rush Plus started in June, Metro reduced the number of Blue Line trains while increasing trains on other lines, including the Yellow Line. The result has created more overcrowding on the Blue Line because riders aren't making a switch to the Yellow Line.
Riders on the Orange Line through Arlington and Falls Church told Patch this summer that they were largely satisfied with the changes.
However, the Washington Post reported in the first week of Rush Plus that Blue Line riders seemed to be frustrated with overcrowding.