Uncle Sam May Help Ease Metro Money Woes

By Megan McGrath
|  Wednesday, May 26, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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Uncle Sam May Help Ease Metro Money Woes

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Metro riders bracing for yet another fare increase may get a break -- thanks to Uncle Sam.

A group of US Senators have introduced emergency legislation that would give $2 billion in funding to transit agencies around the country, including Metro.

The bill calls for the money to be used to reduce fares and restore service cuts made in January 2009 and to prevent further impacts through 2011.

The funding could come at a critical time for Metro. The board could vote Thursday on a plan that would raise rail fares by 15 percent and hike bus fees by 20 percent.

How would the fare hikes affect your pocketbook? Check out this calculator and find out.

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