In the wake of Pierce Transit’s narrow defeat at the polls, the only remaining question was when the cuts would come. Monday the Board decided to enact a 34% cut beginning September 29th.
The 34% cut is quite a bit better than the 53% estimate from August. The agency credits union concessions in September and higher-than-expected revenues, combined with early printing deadlines and the staff time required to recompute the estimates. All weekend service will still disappear, but contrary to pre-election plans some weeknight service will remain. The hit to mid-day service will be milder than expected.
PT promises details on the cut from 417,000 to 275,000 service hours in the coming days, and what is sure to be a pitiable period of public comment in May.