I’m not sure if anyone cared enough to dive into the details of yesterday’s subarea equity post, or if the writing was clear enough to follow, but there was a mistake that doesn’t really change the key point. Check out the revised post to see what’s changed.
Perhaps a graphical way of looking at this is better. There are three basic kinds of cuts: those that Metro classifies as “efficiencies” (square pattern), which are either non-service hours or extremely unproductive trips; cuts that are offset with new service for RapidRide or SR520 (shaded), or cuts that represent pure pain (solid color).
The question here is what genuinely counts as a cut. In the conception of Butler (and the Metro staff), service that is reduced but replaced by a like amount of service elsewhere in the same area (shaded) counts as a cut. By that measure the East has a disproportionately large cut and the West gets off relatively easy.
Alternately, if you just look at the “pure pain” cuts or “pure pain” plus efficiencies, the West area cuts are almost exactly in proportion, while East absorbs some of the South’s share of cuts.