Prop M - The other shoe drops

Totally forgot to mention this, since I was originally going to say something last Friday. Anyway, on last Friday, Metro approved a 25-cent fare increase for MetroLink and public transportation buses, effective Jan. 1. So one-way fares will increase from $2 to $2.25 along the light-rail line, and from $1.75 to $2 on Metro buses. Both fares will increase again by another 25 cents July 1, 2010. Monthly bus and train passes will increase from $60 a month to $68 a month. And passes will increase, again, to $70 on July 1, 2010.

The Metro board is supposed to meet again on December 11 to discuss more cuts to service. One proposal is to cut the train intervals from 10 minutes to 15 minutes during rush hour and from 15 minutes to 20 minutes in non-rush hours.

Metro claims that they are facing revenue shortfalls which Prop-M would have covered. I don't know as I haven't looked at the books. And really, a lot of people didn't take Metro's threat seriously. And the Metro really needs a lot of cleaning up before people are going to be able to trust them again. It is unfortunate that we have to have this crisis (of their own making) at this point in time.

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