I want to dive into these some more later, but for now, both the Seattle and King County executives have released their 2010 budget plans. In both cases, these budgets will be overseen by a new executive.
Anyway, the City’s six-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) .pdf is most interesting for the beginnings of a tunnel funding plan. It’s not crystal-clear from the document, but Scott Gutierrez says $600m of the $930m City responsibility is programmed, and some of it would use the same City MVET authority that Mike McGinn hopes to dedicate to building light rail.
I speculated that the audit might point out some savings that could avoid some of the originally scheduled cuts. However, the suggested audit savings were either extremely unpalatable, or positioned a few years into the future. Thus, there was no change to the previously proposed 310,000 hours of suspensions over the next two years. These suspensions amount to a 5% cut from a baseline of the planned service level in 2010-11, and therefore are smaller cut from the 2009 service level. The other 4% from the Triplett plan’s headline 9% cut come in 2012 and 2013, and may be avoided thanks to audit savings.
Two other exciting tidbits:
- $34m for a RapidRide “F” line (Burien, Tukwila Link, Southcenter, Tukwila Sounder, S. Renton P&R, Renton TC). (see page 33) Design work to start in 2011. Previously planned lines are A (Pacific Hwy S), B (NE 8th St, Bellevue/Redmond), C (West Seattle), D (Ballard), and E (Aurora). I’ll post more when I get it.
- $5.5m to get ORCA readers for all doors on all Metro coaches (p.25), greatly speeding loading and unloading.
The next step for both budgets is to be deliberated on by the respective councils.