Metro’s GM Lays Out Effects Of Budget Shortfall

(Washington, DC) — Metro GM Randy Clarke is painting a bleak picture for the transit system if a massive budget gap isn’t filled. Metro is facing a 750-million-dollar shortfall for the fiscal year that begins in July. Clarke said at today’s budget reveal that if DMV leaders don’t step up to help, ten Metro stations would have to close and 67 of 135 Metrobus routes would be eliminated. In addition, nearly 23-hundred Metro employees would have to be laid off and riders would be hit with fare increases of 20 percent. Clarke remains hopeful that area partners won’t let things get to the point.