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Our Morning Roundup: Peak of the Peak Edition

The most hated man in Washington is glumly going golfing. That's right, folks, Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, your Washington Capitals' fiercest rivals, were finished off rather handily last night by those pesky Montreal Canadiens

Caps fans upset about the team's early exit from this year's playoffs can at least take solace in the dejected look on Crosby's ugly mug as he sadly sauntered off the ice in front of some 17,000 disappointed hometown fans. 

The bad news for Caps fans this morning? That Metro ride to Verizon Center next fall is about to get a lot more expensive.

WaPo reports that fares could go up as much as 50 cents for peak rail trips:

The main components of the fare increase include a 15 percent rise in most rail fares, producing $64 million in revenue, and a 20 percent increase in bus boarding charges, generating $24 million. In addition, fares for Metro's paratransit service for disabled and elderly riders will grow to twice the comparable bus fare, raising $1.1 million.

Metro is also weighing a new "peak of the peak" rail fare of 10 to 20 cents that will be levied during the rush-hour periods of 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. A 20-cent increase would raise an additional $7.7 million.

The board is also considering a peak-of-the-peak surcharge of as much as 50 cents for rail riders who travel in the Washington area's "congested core" — defined as the 21 most crowded stations, including Metro Center and Union Station. That could bring in $5 million to $10 million, depending on whether it is based on which stations riders exit from or which stations they pass through.

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