WAMU 88.5 : Metro Connection

From A To B: Metro Grapples With Empty Seats On Trains, Buses

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The government shutdown is carving a big hole in Metro's budget. After a fiscal year that saw rail fare revenues fall below projections and overall rail ridership drop 4 percent, WMATA is losing about 20 percent of its ridership each day as federal workers say home. Metro, like any agency, has to balance its budget and pay its staff, as well as maintain its system. As Martin Di Caro reports, the transit authority holds its finance committee meeting on Thursday, at which point the impact of the shutdown will be discussed.


[Music: "A to B" by The Futureheads from The Futureheads / "Doing The Wrong Thing" by Kaki King from Legs to Make Us Longer]

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