Metro plans to cut 150 jobs in the coming weeks to make up for a budget shortfall, according to the Washington Examiner. Sixty current employees will get layoff notices while 90 unfilled positions will be cut, the paper said.
The layoffs and job cuts would primarily be to administrative workers, Metro Spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said. The exact jobs to be cut are still being determined, but should be finalized by the end of March.
Metro’s budget shortfall is caused in part by an unanticipated drop in ridership from last year. Other plans under consideration to close the budget gap include a 10-cent hike in fares and cuts in service.