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LOS ANGELES — Once hailed as the fastest-growing commuter line in the nation, Southern California commuter railroad Metrolink, has seen its annual ridership drop by almost 595,000 passengers since 2008, with resulting losses in revenue. That and other factors have left the agency squeezed between trimming service or boosting fares, either of which could prompt more defections, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Officials of the six-county system mostly blame the downturn on the worst recession since World War II, which decimated the region's workforce, according to the report.

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