No fare hike: 1966-72
The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organized a bus boycott centered in the Benning Road corridor that was upwards of 90 percent effective in January 1966.

The proposed five-cent fare increase was voted down by the transit commission two days later.

A bus boycott was organized by the Emergency Committee on the Transportation Crisis after a bus fare increase from 27 cents to 30 cents was approved in 1968.

Alternative transportation was organized along the Benning Road corridor where the boycott was centered.

The boycott did not achieve its initial goals, but furthered the issue of a public takeover of the privately owned bus company.

When the Washington Transit Commission approved a fare hike request by D.C. Transit owner O. Roy Chalk in 1970 to raise the bus fares from 32 cents to 40 cents—a 25% increase—it set off a firestorm of protest.

Prominent activists were arrested for refusing to pay the fare, marches and rallies were held.

Alternative transportation was arranged and a boycott was launched.

Protest leaders demanded the fare be lowered to 25 cents to accommodate the District of Columbia’s poor and working class residents and a civil disobedience campaign was launched where patrons paid only 25 cents on the buses.

At the time, streetcar service had ended and the Metro system had not been built, so public transportation was entirely by bus.

However, without self-government in the District, options for overturning the fare increase were limited. Both the courts and Congress refused to act.

Ultimately the campaign failed in its immediate goals, but led to the takeover of four private bus companies in the area by Metro. Metro was originally intended only to build and operate the rail system.

A limited form of Home Rule for the city was obtained in 1973.
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