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Metrolink board to vote on proposed fare hike, the second in 3 months

November 13, 2009 |  7:16 am

The Metrolink governing board is expected this morning to decide whether to raise fares by up to 6% on top of a 3%  increase instituted three months ago.

Citing a sharp drop in ridership from the economic slump and moderating gas prices, the agency's staff has called for another fare hike beginning in January to close a several-million-dollar gap in the current year’s budget. Fare revenue is down 15% from last year and the five counties that help fund the service have signaled they can’t make up the difference.

The public has sounded off against the fare hike in hundreds of comments to the agency; more than 200 of those threatened to switch to carpooling or other transit alternatives, records show.

-- Rich Connell