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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 2:16 p.m.

Metro to hold public hearings to consider service cuts

This post was written by Hatchet Reporter Lauren Jacobson.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board of directors met last Thursday to discuss ways to close a budget gap that may call for cut in service, a spokesman said this week. 

WMATA spokesman Steve Taubenkiel said Tuesday that the board voted to hold public hearings to further discuss the potential for service cuts. Officials are looking for ways to save nearly $29 million, according to the Washington post. The board did decide last week that a fare increase would no longer be considered.

Meetings will be held the week of April 13. More information can be found here.

Many GW students use Metrorail and Metrobus to travel to internships around town. If service is reduced, getting to work could be harder — especially for students who travel at offpeak hours.

 ”If metro services were cut it would make getting to work a lot more difficult and much more stressful,” Senior Kerre Aufsesser said last month. “My company contracts me out to various locations all over D.C., Maryland and Virginia and I rely on the Metrorail and Metrobus to get me to those places because I do not have a car at school.”

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