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Fare play: With new gates, Washington Metro aims to boost customer convenience


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is on a space-efficiency kick.

By installing more than a dozen new faregates at selected stations, Metro figures it’ll make better use of available space, and reduce lines and station crowding by speeding up entry and exit — particularly for passengers using SmarTrip cards.

So far, Metro has installed four new faregates — two units each at Farragut West and Shady Grove stations.

By month’s end, Metro also plans to install four new gates at Federal Triangle station, and then begin installation of five additional fates at Foggy Bottom station. The work is being done at night and on weekends to keep customer inconvenience at a minimum.

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