Yesterday, the Community Transit Board voted to proceed with a hybrid alternative for their system restructure set to be implemented next February. Like the original Alternative I, it will preserve the core commuter route network with some trip deletions here and there. The local network, however, is more similar to Alternative III, a complete restructure of local services.
From the CT news release:
In 2012, Community Transit’s commuter service will maintain much of its current routing with fewer trips, while local service will be restructured to serve higher ridership corridors. This afternoon, the agency’s Board of Directors voted 6-3 to approve a plan to cut Community Transit bus service 20 percent effective Feb. 20, 2012.
After a summer-long public comment process that included reviews of four proposed service plans, the board chose the so-called Hybrid Alternative, which combines the commuter routing proposed in Alternative I with the local routing of Alternative III, with some modifications. The board did not restore service on Sundays or major holidays.
The gory (or promising, depending on your outlook) details are available at CT’s website. The hope here is that the local restructure will make the system more productive and efficient than it is now. And between Sounder and frequent express service already available at Lynnwood, Ash Way, and Mountlake Terrace, there’s a good opportunity here to emphasize connections that are certainly more cost-effective than one-seat rides.