King County has readied a proposed set of cuts and Metro service reductions – but the hope is that the elimination of 16 more lines and further belt tightening on routes like the 12 won’t be necessary.
“If the Seattle transit initiative is approved by voters in November, the February service cuts would be postponed until June 2015 to provide time for Seattle and any other party to submit Community Service Contracts to preserve service,” the statement on the proposal from King County Executive Dow Constantine says.
Proposed February 2015 service changes
- 16 routes deleted: 4, 22, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 158, 159, 178, 179, 187, 190, 192, 242, and DART 930.
- 32 routes revised or reduced: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9X, 12, 13, 14, 16, 21, 24, 26X, 27, 28X, 29, 32, 33, 60, 65, 106, 107, 116X, 121, 125, 157, 168, 177, 181, 193X, 197, 271 and DART 901.
- Details of the cuts, revisions and reductions are here.
In November, Seattle voters will consider a plan to raise sales taxes by .1% and add a $60 vehicle licensing fee to allow the city to pay for some of the threatened Metro service.
With its ongoing budget shortfalls, Metro already faces yet another round of 151,000 hours of service reductions including the elimination of Route 47 that go into effect starting September 27th.
Wednesday, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce endorsed the boost in sales tax and vehicle fees:
The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce today announced its official support for Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1, which would stave off cuts to King County Metro service in Seattle next year. If approved, the measure would raise about $45 million each year through an increase in the vehicle license fee and a small increase in the sales tax.
“It is critical to sustain the bus service we have now in the fastest growing city in America and I am pleased that Metro and Sound Transit are working on system integration—this will stretch our investment even further,” said Maud Daudon, the Chamber’s president and CEO.