The trains are great, but the buses that most of us rely on are still under threat. In Washington’s rural counties, things are really bad:
- Kitsap Transit, in the past year, has raised fares from $1.25 to $2 and abolished Sunday service. Now, to save an additional $1m a year, they’re looking at trimming Saturday service to 8 hours a day and eliminating some more routes. So much for that weekend foot-ferry outing to the peninsula! (H/T: Gordon)
- Island County has an August 18 ballot measure to raise the transit sales tax from 0.6% to the maximum 0.9%. This is to avoid a 34% service cut. Island Transit levies no fares and has no Sunday service.