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Metro warns of bus cuts without help

The consequences of inaction on stable funding for public transit were spelled out last week, as King County Metro Transit detailed drastic cuts to bus service that must be planned now in the absence of funds from the state.

“The time for action is now, with the Legislature in special session, to avert cuts to bus service that would be without precedent in the 40-year history of Metro,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine last week. “It is unconscionable that King County should be compelled to cut bus service, due to lack of funding authority from the state.”

Temporary funding dedicated for Metro Transit expires next year, and Metro has exhausted its reserves and implemented many efficiencies and cost-savings. Metro’s service guidelines identify the need for increasing service by 15 percent – but without funding in place after next year, Metro recently released a proposal that lists the details of up to 17 percent in cuts to bus service.

The state legislature may consider statewide transportation funding in December, but until a solution is finalized, Metro Transit must take steps to prepare to cancel 74 routes and reduce service on another 107 routes starting next year.

Riders with questions or comments can visit Metro’s service cuts page, at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/participate.html, for more information.

 

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