No plans for metro to raise cost or drop services in 2011

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Metro bus service will not reduce services or raise prices in 2011 because of a new budget.

Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority board of trustees, approved a operating budget of $85.5 million. Under the terms of the City-SORTA Agreement, SORTA will submit a 2011 funding request to the City of Cincinnati. City tax earnings will fund about 45 percent of Metro's budget for 2011.

"We have examined every expense and tightened spending for the coming year to preserve service for our customers and keep fares at their current level," said Thomas Hock, Interim CEO & General Manager of Metro. "The 2011 budget is focused on stability and reflects a commitment to cost control and fiscal responsibility."

Metro is still having problems with their budget. Their current labor contract expires January 31, 2011 and no wage and health care cost increases are planned.

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