Sound Transit is considering delaying the full implementation of a voter-approved bus service expansion by one year. The bus expansion plan called for 100,000 new bus hours to be implemented by September 2010, but a new document from Sound Transit (.pdf) highlights a plan to extend the implementation of the plan to September 2011.
While most of the peak hours would still be delivered on schedule, Sound Transit says that the proposed Alternative 2 “delays the off-peak service improvements originally proposed for September 2009 by two years.”
The document says that Sound Transit will save $13 million by delaying full implementation of the new service hours and says that worsening sales tax revenue is to blame for the possible extension. Sound Transit 2, which includes this bus expansion, is projected to have a $2.1 billion shortfall — even though revenue collections started just this month — because the country is experiencing the worst recession in a generation.