If you live and work in Seattle, the Metro budget crisis is probably worse than you realize. According to my source, King County policy is to cut routes in proportion to the amount of service hours currently in each service area.
These numbers are off the top of my source’s head, but Seattle would take about 62% of the cuts, the Eastside 17%, and South King 21%. Moreover, unless the routes are “suspended” for a short time, future increases would of course be subject to 20/40/40, resulting in a permanent shift of resources to the suburbs.
UPDATE: I finally dug up the policy statement that covers both this rule and 20/40/40. Open this pdf and scroll to strategy IM-3.
Another interesting tidbit: “two-way” routes that serve two subareas count as 50% against each. For instance, Seattle “pays” half the cost of the 150 and 271, while the Eastside would bear all the costs of the 229 or 257.
In the current context, that means the Seattle share of cuts may not come entirely out of one-digit and two-digit routes.