WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Metro riders hoping to enjoy less-crowded train cars were dealt some bad news Thursday.

The Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority announced that plans to add new, eight-car trains to replace the current six-car ones are moving slowly because the agency doesn’t have the money in its fiscal 2014 budget to pay for the improvements. Metro is already making adjustments for a $14 million drop in revenue due to a recent decrease in rail ridership.

WMATA CFO Carol Kissal said Metro still has plans to implement eight-car trains down the road.

“We’re laying the groundwork for (the) eight-car train and there’s some investment in our capital program in terms of the infrastructure to help us get there,” Kissal said. “… We’ll be talking about that more in the spring.”

Metro also announced that every-other-year fare increases will continue with the next hike scheduled for 2014.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.

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