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WASHINGTON, D.C. — An email from the general manager and CEO of WMATA shows that more than 100 employees will be impacted by a recent round of reductions, while hundreds more may be affected later on.

Paul Wiedefeld Jr., the general manager, says in his memo that he anticipates Metro will have to “make many difficult decisions”  when it comes to balancing the budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

“Over the next few days, Human Resources will be working with the executive team to notify about 100 employees about impacts to their jobs due to the budget actions we are taking,” he stated. “I will say more about these personnel matters once the notifications are complete.”

These reductions are in addition to 20 at-will management employees who were let go in May, and part of Wiedefeld’s overall plan to reduce about 500 positions. He announced this reduction earlier this year.

The positions being cut back include both management and represented employees.

In addition to announcing the cutbacks, Wiedefeld also addressed continuing efforts to provide cell and radio service from within the tunnels, and SafeTrack Surge #10, which started Friday and will hugely affect the Red Line late into November.

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