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Metro proposing service reduction, rate increase

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Metro is proposing a 12 percent service reduction and a rate increase as it deals with a budget shortfall in 2010.

Metro officials say they are facing an unprecedented $16 million operating and capital budget shortfall for 2010.

The fare increase would include $0.25 for Zone 1 base fare, $0.40 for Zone 2 fare, $0.25 for transfer charge, increasing the monthly pass and Fare Deal sticker price and eliminating the $5 monthly pass discount.

Any fare increase requires the approval of Cincinnati City Council. If council does not approve the fare increase by Nov. 20, Metro officials say they will be forced to implement a 20 percent service reduction with no fare increase.

Officials say the proposed 12 percent service reduction compared to a 20 percent service reduction would save almost a million rides for Metro customers and 55 full time jobs for Metro operators and mechanics.

"Our goal has been to preserve as much service as possible for our customers," said Marilyn Shazor, Metro's CEO. "But we're facing a $16 million shortfall next year and the money only stretches so far. We are required by law to have a balanced budget."

Any changes will go in to effect on Sunday, Dec. 27.

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