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Delegate Korman suggests less of a need for fare increases if budget proposals are met

Maryland Flag Metro LogoThe Maryland General Assembly likely will fully fund Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s request for the operating budget, reducing the risk of untimely fare increases or service cuts, a local delegate said.

“I haven’t heard any pushback for the operating [budget],” said the delegate, Del. Marc Korman (D-16), who represents Montgomery County, on Tuesday.

Korman said Friday’s news that Gov. Larry Hogan said he supported the idea of a dedicated funding source added to his confidence. Wiedefeld in his 2017 plan requested all three jurisdictions find means to supply money on which Metro can sell debt each year. Wiedefeld left the decision of where to find the dedicated funding up to the jurisdictions.

“We spent a lot of time on it; on Friday, he [Hogan] agreed,” Korman said.

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Metro finance committee approves GM’s proposed operating budget

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WASHINGTON – The Metro Board of Directors Finance Committee approved the general manager’s proposed operating budget that includes service cuts and fare increases at a committee meeting Thursday, bringing it one step closer to board approval.

Board member Malcolm Augustine, who represents Prince George’s County, voted against the budget. He opposed the fare increases and called them “a bad business move” given that customer satisfaction fell in 2016 and continues to fall.

Metro last raised fares three years ago, in fiscal year 2015, Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel said.

Board member Tom Bulger, who represents the District, said Metro needs to increase fares for the next year unless it can find another funding source.

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Metro workers share concerns

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ROCKVILLE – Metro workers and bus and rail customers shared concerns about the general manager’s budget proposals, such as increased bus and rail fares and service reductions, during a town hall at the County Executive Office Building Jan. 18.

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No Metro fare increases sought

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WASHINGTON – The proposed 2017 Metro budget would spare riders fare increases and leave funding from Maryland, Virginia and Washington at their current levels.

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WMATA tables proposal

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100 dollar billsWASHINGTON – Metro officials tabled proposed fare increases and service cuts last week after more than a dozen people complained the proposal would jeopardize local businesses and economic growth.

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Metro budget opposed

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100 dollar billsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Metro Area Transit Authority Chief Financial Officer Dennis Anosike met with stark opposition when he unveiled the newly proposed WMATA budget that would include fare increases and a reduction in service for Metro riders.

Anosike presented the budget to the WMATA Board of Directors’ Finance and Administration Committee last Thursday.

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