Sixty-five Metro Transit bus routes are at risk of being canceled, and service reduced on another 86 routes, if state lawmakers allow temporary two-year funding for the agency to expire without authorizing a permanent and sustainable source of revenue.
Two Valley routes are on the block: Route 215 through Snoqualmie and North Bend is at risk for deletion. Route 209 is at risk of revision or reduction.
According to Metro, routes are at risk for canceling or reducing if the state legislature doesn’t authorize funding to fill Metro’s projected $75 million annual budget gap. The county temporarily averted cuts by enacting a temporary two-year Congestion Reduction Charge, but that $20-per-vehicle charge expires next year. Metro also made extensive financial reforms and raised fares to keep buses on the road
“Our analysis shows that we should be adding service to meet growing demand, but the sad reality is that—without ongoing and sufficient funding—potentially one-third of our routes are on the chopping block, and another 40 percent of our routes face reductions and revisions,” said Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond.
Metro’s latest service report details the performance of the transit system’s 217 routes and shows at-risk routes. View it at metro.kingcounty.gov/planning/#guidelines.