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Metro Will Consider Raising Fares

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Metro will consider raising fares to help balance its budget. Metro may "tack on" up to ten cents on all bus and train rides this spring.

It's one proposal that Metro's Board of Directors will look at to help close the transit agency's $40 million budget gap. Another option is to cut service, which Metro says could mean half-hour waits for trains on the weekend.

Other plans include eliminating bus lines, delaying maintenance work, and moving money from the capital budget into the operating fund. That route may be the easiest, at least politically, but Metro Board Member Chris Zimmerman says it will be costly down the road.

"Because that's just going to mean the system is going to get worse and the system will go down hill," says Zimmerman. "We can't allow that to happen."

All of these options are on the table and open for public input. Metro's scheduled a public hearing later this month and the board will then makes its decision on January 28th.

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