By Meymo Lyons
Metro says it may have to lay off more workers than previously expected because of a budget shortfall. Metro is looking to lay off 60 employees and cut 90 more empty positions.
Last month, Metro said it expected to cut 25 employees and 100 vacant positions. Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel says the layoffs and job cuts would primarily be to administrative workers. The exact jobs to be cut are still being determined but should be finalized by the end of March.
Laying off employees, raising fares by up to 10 cents per ride and cutting service are ways Metro is trying to close a $40 million budget deficit caused by lower ridership. Metro is talking with the public about the options this month.
The job cut are expected to save the agency $2.2 million this fiscal year.
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