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WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro says it may have to cut back service unless Washington-area jurisdictions increase their subsidies to the transit agency for next year.

The Washington Post reports Metro officials have drafted a budget for the next fiscal year that includes a 10 percent increase in subsidies from jurisdictions served by Metro.

For the first time in years, Metro is projecting no increase in revenue from fares. But Metro’s staff says operating costs continue to rise. So Metro will need the eight counties and cities it serves to help make up the difference.

Without an increased subsidy, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says the board would face difficult choices, such as running trains less frequently.

Metro increased fares this year. But its policy is not to raise fares in consecutive years.
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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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