With tax revenues collapsing, and no legal authority to raise new revenue, Community Transit CEO Joyce Eleanor yesterday announced a 20% service cut to occur in February 2012, on top of last June’s 15% cut that eliminated all non-ST Sunday service.
CT will release a detailed plan in June:
On June 2, Community Transit will release to the public three alternatives for achieving the 20 percent cut. Two of those alternatives will focus on reducing the frequency of trips, while a third alternative will propose a complete restructuring of bus service in Snohomish County. At least one of the alternatives will restore a skeletal level of Sunday service, which will mean deeper cuts the rest of the week.
The month of June will be filled with lots of public meetings about the three alternatives. The board will make a final decision in September.
Ms. Eleanor’s speech ruled out the elimination of Saturday service. She also mentioned, while in no way expecting or relying on it, a regional mobility grant in the House budget that would restore 30% of Sunday service by spending $1m a year for four years.
The speech also emphasized the cost-cutting measures that have occurred at CT, including 100 layoffs. This is probably a direct response to Senate Transportation Chair Mary Margaret Haugen’s assertion that only Metro would get relief in the emergency transit funding bill because only Metro had made the necessary efficiency reforms.