Possible fare hikes and service reductions are possible as Metro officials figure out how to close a major budget gap.
By Stephanie Kaye
Advocates of public transportation will be fanning out in Metro stations this morning to spread information and awareness about the most recent service cuts and fare increases.
Activists will be out this morning with fliers, spreading the word about the "Fair Share for Metro" campaign. Advocates for public transportation say they will be informing Metro riders about the proposed cutbacks and encouraging them to contact their elected officials to support funding for Metro service.
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is poised to release his proposed budget on April 1st. Included in that budget is a measure that would decide how much money to allocate for Metro. The amount that D.C. provides in subsidies could affect how much jurisdictions in Northern Virginia will be willing to spend on the transit service.
Metro says it needs an additional $74 million from regional subsidies to maintain current services. Cuts could include fewer cars in each train, elimination of 16 bus routes and longer waits.