Metro Cuts Back on Cuts

After months of review with transit authority staff, talks with regional leaders and sixpublic hearings with riders, the Metro board decided Thursday to empty the piggybank it keeps for a rainy day. That operating reserve of more than $13 million covered almost all of the expenses for the dozens of bus routes that the transit authority was considering either eliminating or consolidating to balance its $1.3 billion budget. The board still must take a final vote on the budget.

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