Metro ridership tumbles
Metro's revenue is taking a hit from record-low rail and bus ridership during the recent storms.
On Wednesday, Metro recorded only about 36,000 passenger trips -- breaking the previous record low rail ridership of 56,000 trips on Dec. 25, 2006, according to a Metro statement. That figure also contrasts with the more than 670,000 trips taken on Feb. 3, the agency said.
The drop in rail and bus revenue as well as increased costs for snow and ice removal and other storm-related expenses add to budgetary pressures for the transit agency. Metro recently decided to raise fares by 10 cents across the board as part of an effort to close a $40 million budget gap for the remainder of this fiscal year. Officials have estimated the agency faces a budget shortfall of about $190 million for next fiscal year.
-- Ann Scott Tyson
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