The issues raised in this article about costs will be affecting agencies nationwide:

"Metro's proposed operating budget for fiscal 2005 represents a 7 percent increase, driven largely by a sharp rise in health care and pensions for the system's 10,000 employees, as well as an explosion in demand for MetroAccess, the expensive door-to-door paratransit service for the disabled."

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