Metro Transit on crash course with major layoffs, fare hikes

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The looming government shutdown will almost certainly impact bus and light rail service across the Twin Cities. But the long-range impact of the budget mess carries even worse news for commuters.

Metro Transit will be forced to lay off 500 employees, eliminate 200 bus routes, and curtail service by 25 percent if a $109 million budget cut proposed by the GOP-controlled Legislature is enacted.

Because when it comes to commuting, the folks who got elected promising "jobs, jobs, jobs" actually meant cutting jobs, and making it harder for people with jobs to get to work.

And that's despite the fact that more people are using Metro Transit than ever.

Transit authority representatives presented the numbers to the Met Council yesterday. And they've scheduled a series of public hearings all over the Twin Cities and affected suburbs through August to help riders brace for the impact.

In April, business leaders told lawmakers in St. Paul the proposed budget cuts would cripple local economies. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the proposed transit cuts in May, but that doesn't mean they aren't in play now.

The full list of scheduled hearings on transit cuts is published here; the first is July 6 at Minneapolis Central Library.

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Moussabejjani
Moussabejjani

Who are these people that are fighting gov.Dayton not to tax the top earners in our state?I surely didn"t vote for them.We are talking about 2% of Minnesotan"s that should be taxed higher then the rest.I say why not,and everyone I know says the same thing.So if the majority of Minnesotan"s feel the same then I ask again,Who are these people that control our government that feel the rich should not be taxed higher then the poor?(We don't have a middle class anymore)Wake up folks.Someone voted for these people in office and it shouldn't matter what party they belong to.If 98% of the working class feel that the rich should pay more then I say make them pay.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

This coming from group, that's ridership fees only supplies 41 cents of every dollar of their operation costs.What is costing them so much to do business?Greedy employees and the salaries/benefits?New "green" buses costing to much?  (Should be "Greed" buses)

Google this:  first 100 days of northstar

No mater what they try, it's always a suck hole!Hold onto you wallet, trains a coming!

Listen people, in the end this will all fall on Gov. Mark Dayton.When conpanies fail, you don't blame the managers, you blame the CEO. 

 

webcelt
webcelt

You really think you can spin the Republicans out of owning the shutdown? You're entertaining anyway. If they ever offer to split the differences, then they can lay something on the governor. Until Republicans decide to act like grownups, they're going to deserve the blame they're getting.

Me
Me

Absolutely. The right-wing is holding the entire country hostage with threats and scare tactics. History and science have no place in the Republicans' dream world where they're the perpetual victim.

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