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Metro Cutbacks

Expect bigger crowds and a longer commute for the Metro this coming year. At least, that's what will happen if Washington increases WMATA's subsidy by 10.3 percent for the next fiscal year. With cutbacks to the service expected, Metro officials have drafted a budget for the next fiscal year that determines that the best solution could be fewer trains. In the budget, jurisdictions would need to contribute $892 million to meet Metro operating costs. The Washington Post reported that this is the first time in several years that the Metro projects no increase in fare revenue, even as operating costs rise. [WaPo]