[UPDATE 8:22 PM: Arrgh! Reading Comprehension! In my haste to get this out, I misread Erica’s post. Revisions below in italics.]
Erica C. Barnett reports that King County’s Regional Transit Committee is likely to vote voted to recommend that service reductions be treated as cuts rather than suspensions. Unfortunately, minutes and video of Wednesday’s meeting are not yet available.
Service reductions will likely be apportioned according to existing service levels, hitting the West subarea (Seattle, Shoreline) the hardest. As we reported several months ago, if these are considered permanent cuts, service restoration will be in accordance with 40/40/20, meaning that Metro must add back about three times more aggregate service than it cut to achieve the same service level in the West subarea. That would be a permanent relative shift of resources to the suburbs.
The balance of suburban to Seattle representatives on the RTC is 10 to 2, with Dow Constantine representing both City, suburban, and incorporated precincts. Constantine has come out in favor of the suspension concept.
The RTC’s vote is merely an advisory to the King County Council, which has a less pronounced Suburban majority. The expected RTC result would will serve as useful cover for suburban councilmembers seeking to vote the narrow interests of their districts.
On a somewhat related note, Goldy argues that regional governance and agency consolidation aren’t such hot ideas if elected officials aren’t going to consider regionwide interests.