Metro Lost $5.5M During Government Shutdown

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013  |  Updated 11:19 AM EDT
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Metro Lost $5.5M During Government Shutdown

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Metro officials say the 16-day government shutdown cost them $5.5 million.

During a Thursday morning board meeting, the transit agency said they made a total of 1.7 million fewer trips during the shutdown and experienced a 13 percent reduction in ridership overall.

But with revenue for WMATA up, the agency believes they should be able to fill the gap, News4's transportation reporter Adam Tuss said.

Last month, Metrorail announced that riders may have to pay more beginning next year.

With new high-speed elevators, improved escalators and more trains, WMATA General Manager Richard Sarles said the increase would help keep up the system's momentum, raising an additional $30 million in Fiscal Year 2015.

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