Pierce Transit’s July 12 service change (pdf) includes an overall 5% cut in service. According to the News Tribune, that’s 33,000 service hours and about 300,000 boardings. As one might expect, it’s due to a $10m revenue shortfall out of a $121m budget.
Apparently, the agency has decided to cut low-productivity routes, even though that cuts off some people from bus service entirely. King County, fraught with subarea resentment, is still agonizing over that value judgment.
Pierce Transit has also worked all the cost-cutting gimmicks, like layoffs, dipped into reserves, and increased fares by a quarter. Interestingly, their farebox recovery is only 13%, well below King County’s.