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Until storm clouds arrive, Metro is cruising without incident.

David Rothkopf: Washington area’s transit system has fashioned a plan for the coming year. He says it improves service while imposing modest subway fare increases and a simplified price structure. But smooth sailing is unlikely to last; sharply reduced service and higher prices are on the way. Metro’s projected deficits are daunting. Service cuts mean wait times for Green and Yellow line trains could spike.

Raising fares in consecutive years would likely have the same effect. Transit is part of the region’s lifeblood. Elected officials need to find ways to boost Metro’s subsidy.