Beginning Saturday, Community Transit implements a broad package of service cuts including frequency reductions and the complete cessation of Sunday and Holiday service in order to help save $16 million over the next two years.
Between 2008-2013, Community Transit estimates it will have lost as much as $180 million in anticipated sales tax revenues due to the recession. Aside from the service cuts, the agency raised local bus fares on June 1 to help bring in additional revenue.
According to Community Transit, they plan on restoring the suspended Sunday and holiday service as soon as funding is available. The agency is exploring new state and federal funding to allow for service restoration before the economy recovers. From the press release:
Bus riders are being advised to make their own transportation plans for Sundays, or call the North Sound 2-1-1 social services hotline for assistance. Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit will continue to operate on Sundays.
Service cuts are as follows:
- There will be no Community Transit bus service this Sunday, June 13
- Community Transit is suspending all service on all Sundays (including Swift BRT service)
- Service will not operate on the following Holidays:
- Independence Day (04JUL & 05JUL)
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
- New Years Day
- Memorial Day 2011
- Reducing commuter service to Seattle with fewer early morning and late night trips, and revised routing that eliminates some neighborhood loops
Other changes from the press release:
Route 101 between the Mariner Park & Ride and Aurora Village Transit Center via Highway 99 will see frequency reductions … from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes. Swift bus rapid transit will continue to operate its frequent schedule on Highway 99 at 12 stops between Everett Station and Aurora Village. Swift is funded through other sources, so the only change it will see is the loss of Sunday service…
- Elimination of the Route 115 shuttle, and Routes 200, 207, 404, 411, 441, 812, 851 and 870. Most of these routes are covered by other service.
- Major trip reductions on Routes 106, 121, 230, 247, 277, 402, 414 and 810.
- Major routing changes on Routes 105, 106, 115, 118, 119, 120, 121, 190, 406, 408, 415, 416, 421, 422, 425, 477, 810, 821 and 855.
- Minor changes on most other routes.
Complete schedules for service after June 13 are available at www.communitytransit.org and in the new Bus Plus schedule book on board buses.