In light of the most recent report on Sound Transit’s $3.9B budget shortfall, the agency is now proactively seeking public comment to address potential service changes and delays that will not only moderate revenue expenditures in line with the new budget forecast but ultimately fulfill the full delivery of the Sound Transit 2 Plan approved in 2008. The proposed 2011 budget is available here in full (PDF).
From an e-mail release:
The prolonged economic recession is presenting significant challenges to Sound Transit.
The Sound Transit Board this fall, through the 2011 Budget process, is studying potential delays and service adjustments that will allow the agency to continue implementing the Sound Transit 2 plan approved by voters in 2008.
Come to a Sound Transit Open House or Public Hearing to review proposed responses to the national recession’s impact on agency revenues. Learn about and comment on proposed service and project realignments proposed for 2011 and beyond.
According to the release, the Draft Service Implementation Plan affects the following routes:510, 511, 513, 535, 540, 545, 554, 560, 566, 599, and Tacoma Link. You can view the full copy of the DSIP here (PDF). Transit users are encouraged to attend one of a number open houses and public hearings over the course of the next two months to share insight on the service plan and budget.