: News

Filed Under:

Metro Experiencing Growing Ridership And Falling Revenue

Play associated audio

Metro's expenses are expected to increase by $90 million next year. And despite a growing ridership, revenue is projected to drop by $40 million because of falling advertising.

Metro board member and D.C. Councilman Jim Graham says he wasn't surprised by the sobering forecast. One big reason for the rise in spending is Metro's para-transit service for disabled riders. MetroAccess passenger trips have increased eight-fold over the last ten years and the agency is required to pick up most of the tab.

Graham says he wants to work with the disabled community and see if the program can be adjusted. But he says climbing out of this budget gap will probably require sacrifices from everyone and says a fare increase may be necessary.

Metro Board members say they want to hold town hall meetings in their jurisdictions to talk about the budget and any potential fare increases.

Patrick Madden reports...

NPR

'They May Not Mean To, But They Do' Is A Sparkling, Sad Family Affair

Cathleen Schine's new novel explores how one character's physical and mental decline ripples out to affect his whole family. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a mix of "fun and bad behavior."
WAMU 88.5

How History Influences Diets In D.C. And Around The World

Kojo and chef Pati Jinich look at how history -- and famous names like El Chico, Azteca and even Fritos -- shaped modern Mexican-American cooking in the Washington region and beyond.

NPR

NPR Politics Lunchbox: Concerns in Cleveland, 'Funny-Looking People'

Our favorite 2016 news and stories of the day curated from NPR and around the web.
NPR

Facebook Shakes Up News Feed, But We Still Don't Know Exactly How It Works

It will now prioritize posts from friends and family — potentially bad news for media companies relying on Facebook for traffic. The company has been under pressure to defend its political neutrality.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.