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Ridership is down on Metro, and that means a fare hike could be on the way.

A recent study revealed overall weekday train ridership down more than 3 percent compared to last year. Red line ridership fell further this summer, down more than 10 percent compared to last year.

Having fewer riders means bringing in less revenue -- and to makeup the shortfall, Metro spokesperson Steven Taubenkibel says all options are in play. "Our board of directors have already raised the specter of a possible fare increase. What that will be, we don't know yet and we won't until we know what our numbers will be."

The study suggests some riders are still uneasy about June's deadly accident on the Red line. Others like Red line commuter Diane Butts are just fed up with maintenance delays. "I was thinking about driving again."

Plans are underway to address declining ridership and cut costs.

Elliott Francis reports...

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