SafeTrack eats into rid­er­ship rev­enue

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Faiz Sid­diqui

Even as Metro board mem­bers con­sider fare hikes and bud­get cuts to help close next year’s bud­get short­fall, it’s be­com­ing in­creas­ingly clear that this year’s bud­get re­mains a prob­lem, too.

Metro Gen­eral Man­ager Paul J. Wiede­feld said Thurs­day that rid­er­ship numbers for the sec­ond quar­ter of fis­cal year 2017 sug­gest that fare rev­enue for the first half of the fis­cal year fell sig­nif­i­cantly short of bud­get pro­jec­tions, which were made be­fore SafeTrack was con­ceived.

Wiede­feld de­clined to re­lease fur­ther de­tails about the rev­enue slump or how it might be cov­ered, but he said he would brief board mem­bers pub­licly at a Feb. 23 fi­nance com­mit­tee meet­ing.

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