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When Metrobus killed the L4, one of the two bus routes that provided all-day service to the Kennedy Center, management of the performing-arts supermarket didn’t make a peep on behalf of its patrons or employees. And although the KenCen runs shuttle buses to neighboring parking facilities, it doesn’t provide transportation to the nearby Foggy Bottom/ GWU Metro station. As of Sept. 1, however, the KenCen is doing its bit for public transit—slamming its least affluent workers with a controversial parking fee. The center’s regular employees are unaffected, but the new fee applies to“licensees, contractors, and affiliates,” who must pay an additional $6 when they leave the garage after 6:15 p.m. on weekdays or anytime on weekends. The daily six-buck bite comes on top of a new monthly rate of $75, more than double what some parkers were paying last month, and will hit the center’s lowest-paid personnel the hardest. Waiters, dishwashers, and custodians who work evenings and weekends will have to pay up, as will ushers and projectionists at the American Film Institute, who are not official KenCen employees. Of course, these workers could always take the bus—if they can find one.