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      Metro ridership expected to drop up to 5 percent

      Several factors have contributed to a continuous decrease in ridership on Metro.

      The decline in Metro ridership is expected to continue at a precipitous rate, according to a new WMATA report.

      The Washington Examiner reports that Metro expects ridership to drop as much as 5 percent in the next year; a number that could get worse if transit benefits to federal workers get slashed.

      Metro's projected numbers come at a time where the agency is battling multiple issues, from escalator breakdowns to delays to overcrowding on trains.

      A reduction in the subsidy that federal workers can claim to use Metro every month - from $230 to $125 starting Jan. 1 - may cause a further drop in use, WMATA says.