As chair of the D.C. Council Finance Committee, Evans said that while local jurisdictions are not yet being called on to contribute more to cover a budget gap for the fiscal year ending in July, the District could if it needed to. Maryland and Virginia would pay a share too, in that case.
General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said a number of options are being considered.
“There is some issues that we’ll be detailing … and, again, it’s driven by some of the revenue sides not performing as well as we had projected,” Wiedefeld said.
The overly rosy ridership projections were put together before 24/7 track work was announced, which has apparently accelerated an ongoing decline in daily ridership.
Wiedefeld would not detail the options on the table for the budget year ending in June ahead of a quarterly financial update expected within two weeks.
“We will manage it just like we manage the budget all the time, but we need to make sure that the board’s aware of it and some of the options that we have to take care of it,” he said.