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Metro cutting negative SmarTrip balances

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WMATA metro logoStarting Monday, Jan. 8, Metro riders will no longer be permitted to have a negative balance on their SmarTrip cards after entering or leaving a station or bus with slightly less than the required fare.

WMATA Chief Financial Officer Dennis Anosike said that fare gates and bus fare boxes would stop allowing negative balances because the unpaid negative fares are costing Metro too much potential revenue. 

"In an environment where every dollar counts, we are taking a common sense approach to ensure that Metro is properly collecting the value of the transportation it provides to reduce the demand on Metro customers and the region for additional funding," Anosike said on Nov. 24.

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Metro GM running out of “tools in the toolbox” to fix budget shortfall

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Metro’s general manager told the Metro Board of Directors’ finance committee that budget shortfalls may lead the public transit system back to the jurisdictions to ask for more money.

Board Chairman and D.C. Council member Jack Evans as well as Board member Michael Goldman have said they believe Metro will have to raise fares and reduce service, as Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld had proposed, for the FY 2018 budget because Metro needs the money.

Wiedefeld said Metro hopes to close the FY 2017 budget gap but that it might not be enough.

"The reality is, we are very close to (debt),” Wiedefeld said.

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Metro Board chairman says federal government will not take over Metro

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WASHINGTON – The federal government will not take over the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the chairman of the Metro Board of Directors said Friday.

“I think the chances of it happening are absolutely zero,” said Metro Board Chairman and D.C. Council member (D-2) Jack Evans.

Metro Board member Robert Lauby, who represents the federal government, said in his four months as a board member he believes the Metro Board is fine the way it is.

“I don’t see any problems with the Board; I think the Board is trying to do the right thing,” Lauby said Thursday.

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