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What’s on the chopping block at Metro as slumping ridership could mean cuts to projects




SAy Area Rapid Transit (BART) customer waits for a train at the Embarcadero station August 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California.
SAy Area Rapid Transit (BART) customer waits for a train at the Embarcadero station August 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California.
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After reporting a nine percent decrease in average weekday boardings from nearly one and a half million in 2014 to 1.36 million in the second quarter of 2016, Metro officials are trying to figure out how to reverse this trend of declining ridership. 

The Metro board will hear a report on the issue Thursday, which will include suggestions of ways to improve ridership. 

In addition, low gas prices could mean cuts to transportation projects in L.A. County, since lower gas prices means a smaller pot for the state gas tax, out of which funds for these transportation projects are taken.

For more on this story from KPCC’s Meghan McCarty, click here.

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Megan McCarty, KPCC reporter covering transportation and mobility