Report: Metro losing $400K per weekday during partial government shutdown

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In a letter addressed to four U.S. Senators in Maryland and Virginia Thursday, Metro says that ridership has dropped 16 percent on Metrorail and eight percent on Metrobus during the partial government shutdown, according to a preliminary analysis.

The analysis, which is based on a comparison of the first full week of January 2019 and an equivalent week in December 2018 prior to the start of the shutdown, estimates that Metro is losing $400,000 per weekday in fare and parking revenue as the shutdown drags on.

Metro states in the letter, which is addressed to Maryland senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Virginia senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), that they are currently not receiving grant funding and cost reimbursements during the shutdown and that has left Metro with "unreimbursed expenses of $33 million, which does not include federal funds that are on hold as the Department of Transportation is shutdown.

Metro also states that if the shutdown is not resolved by Jan. 21, several affected federal agencies will not be able to distribute SmartBenefits to their employees, which could lead to a "further decline in Metro ridership" and lead to Metro considering staffing or service adjustments.

Read the letter in full below:

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