Metro Riders Furious Over Proposed Cuts

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    Citizens packed Metro headquarters Wednesday night for a public hearing on proposed cuts.

    Metro's board is trying to find ways to save money because it has a $40 million shortfall. It came up with four ways to save:

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    1. Fare increases.
    2. Close station entrances.
    3. Cut services.
    4. Longer wait times for buses and trains.

    The transit agency says its counterparts in New York and Chicago are also dealing with similar issues.

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    One local business owner, Carl Saperstein, pleaded with members not to change weekend times but instead raise prices.

    Another DC area resident said she feels like a hostage of the transit system.

    "It's very difficult for our voices to be heard and for us to feel like we are going to win," Tijwanna Phillips said. "Ultimately, you all have the final say."

    The board plans to vote on the cuts on Thursday.