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(Washington Examiner) — Metro’s board is considering cutting back bus and train service instead of asking local governments to pony up $72 million to cover the entire budget gap next year.  Nearly $47 million of the $72 million gap in the proposed $1.46 billion operating budget comes from the pain the directors postponed from last year, while the rest comes from less-than-expected revenues.  Now those decisions are jeopardizing service for riders.  The service cuts the board is considering are similar to those the agency considered last year, according to Chief Financial Officer Carol Dillon Kissal: rerouting buses with low ridership, closing station entrances, increasing the times between trains.

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