The Community Transit board discusses their 2011 budget and modified six-year plan Thursday in Everett. The budget envisions a cut of 26,846 hours (4.39%) with a resulting annual ridership decline of 160,000, or 1.6%. This doesn’t include a planned 7,617 hour increase in ST service. The cuts reflect a 4.35% drop in total revenue. That service hour cuts are mapped to the revenue shortfall so closely is a triumph, of sorts, of overhead cost control.
The budget document is astonishingly detailed. Among the more interesting factoids and cuts:
- 17 layoffs, 3 eliminated vacant positions, and two fewer Sheriff’s deputies on staff
- Swift ridership is at about 3,300 per weekday, well above projections, and is the most productive route in the system at 21.5 boardings per service hour. CT is pursuing grants to study a second Swift line.
- Paratransit spending will increase as the State cuts the Medicaid travel subsidy.
- The local and commuter “Bus Plus” schedule books will be consolidated into a single volume, saving $100,000.
We already discussed some of the service changes coming for next year.
The 2008-13 plan is being revised due to revenue changes since it was written, but it is not a complete rewrite.