Larry Levine

Larry Levine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority GM Paul J. Wiedefeld’s budget proposal kills 14 bus lines, including the agency’s only service to Baltimore Washington International Airport, The Washington Post reports.

Fares on the regional bus system would increase to $2 from $1.75 as part of a series of “tough choices” Wiedefeld said are necessary to balance the transit agency’s budget. The plan would also raise Metrorail fares, reduce train frequency, and cut 1,000 jobs, including 300 bus and train operators.

Some of the bus routes to be eliminated under the plan are in areas already underserved by public transit, such as southern Prince George’s, according to the report. Five of the lines are in Maryland, eight in Virginia, and one in the District. For the full story, click here.

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