St. Louis transit agency cuts staff

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | 2:40 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis' transit agency, Metro, is cutting 51 jobs through early retirement and layoffs.

The move is in response to the agency's mounting budget problems.

Further cuts are planned for March 30 when the transit agency reduces bus, light rail train and curbside service for people with special needs.

By the end of April, Metro officials plan to make a third round of reductions.

The transit agency said it expects 553 jobs out of about 2,300 will have been eliminated by the end of spring.

Regional leaders said they might be able to temporarily restore some of the lost routes this summer by using $12 million in federal congestion funds.


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