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Opinions On Metro Budget Decidedly Mixed

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By David Schultz

Ever since Metro released its budget proposals earlier this month, Metro Board Member Chris Zimmerman, who represents Arlington County, has been hearing from his constituents.

"By far the majority say, 'I'm willing to pay more but don't cut the service,'" says Zimmerman.

Zimmerman says they just don't want their transit experience worsened, "By being more overcrowded, by having to wait longer for buses, by not being able to make connections and therefore not really being able to rely on transit to get them to where they need to be."

Jim Graham has a different view. He represents D.C. on the Metro Board.

"I think that very often turns on the person's economic circumstance," he says. "If you go to people who are truly bus/transit dependent who are poor, you get a very different reaction."

Metro has to fill a nearly $200 million budget shortfall using service cuts, fare hikes or some combination of the two.

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