Metro board to approve $2.5 billion budget

Metro’s board of directors is expected to pass on Thursday its annual budget, which totals $2.5 billion for the 2013 fiscal year. The budget covers the operating cost for the Metro’s rail and bus lines and the agency’s capital budget for fiscal 2013.

To deal with a $100 million-plus budget gap the agency raised fares across the board for riders and parking fees for drivers and asked the three area jurisdictions for more money in subsidies.

Some riders have complained about having to pay higher fares, given Metro’s poor service and delays on both trains and buses.

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Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.

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