Today's read: Metro struggling with money gap
Finds funds for this year: But what about next? That's when the real worries kick in. Last spring, when Metro's leaders were setting up the current budget, they made some pretty optimistic assumptions about this year's revenues. Things like ridership numbers had to come in strong. So far, they haven't.
Lena H. Sun says in her story that Metro officials attribute ridership declines to growing D.C. unemployment, which rose from 10.6 percent in July to 11.4 percent in September; slower service and fewer trains on the Red Line immediately after the crash; and extensive track work. The Red Line did not return to normal service until Oct. 7. Extensive track work during the Labor Day weekend closed the Pentagon City, Crystal City and Reagan National Airport stations.
Metro's leaders already know they face bigger problems in the budget the staff will draft and present late this year. Board members are holding forums to discuss the difficulties. There's one at 7 o'clock tonight in Montgomery County: at the Kennedy High School cafeteria, 1901 Randolph Road, Silver Spring. There will be another one in Prince George's later this month: Nov. 18, at Prince George's Community College Rennie Forum, Largo Student Center, 301 Largo Road, Largo. That one also begins at 7 p.m.
November 3, 2009; 8:34 AM ET
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