Metro directors revamped their proposed fare and fee increases yesterday to shift more of the burden of the transit system's growing operating costs from local governments to Metro passengers.
If the package is made final by the board of directors and takes effect June 27, it will mark the second year in a row that Metro directors raised fares and fees to fill a shortage in their operating budget and then returned extra revenue to local governments to lower their transit subsidies.
Riders overwhelmingly oppose the fare and fee increases; more than 85 percent of those who testified at public hearings or wrote to Metro this spring were reluctant to pay more. But Metro directors said yesterday that passengers should absorb a larger share of the cost of mass transit. The package would increase passenger fares and fees by 6.4 percent, while government subsidies would increase by 3.6 percent, transit officials said.
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Passengers Would Bear More of Metro's Cost