Metro to close four in-person sales offices

Metro will close four in-person sales offices this month, the agency announced Tuesday. Hatchet File Photo.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority will close four in-person sales offices on Nov. 15, the agency announced Tuesday.

The sales offices at Metro Center, Pentagon, Anacostia and Northern Bus Garage will close. The agency cited a nearly $300 million budget gap at WMATA as the reason for the closures.

“The move is part of a series of internal actions Metro is taking to reduce expenses and minimize the impact of possible fare increases and service reductions next year,” according to the release.

Each of those offices handle fewer than 200 transactions a day, according to the release. Metro estimates that 0.03 percent of Metro riders will be affected by the change since the overwhelming majority of riders pay through fare vending machines, online or through retail stores like CVS.

The sales office at Metro’s headquarters at 600 Fifth Street NW will remain open during business hours, according to the release.

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