King County Metro may cut service if funds expire

Posted on May 2, 2013

King County Metro Transit could be forced to eliminate 65 bus routes and reduce service on 86 others if the state Legislature fails to approve new revenue sources this session, said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

"These cuts could mean more crowded buses and longer waits for commuters," Constantine said. "The transit cuts could affect up to 17 percent of the total service provided by the 217-route system, according to a report compiled by Metro."

Two years ago, Constantine worked to convince the King County Council to approve a temporary two-year Congestion Reduction Charge (CRC) to fully fund the transit agency, but the authorization for that charge will soon expire.

The Legislature allowed King County alone to assess the CRC based on the agency's extensive efforts to cut transit costs, including major financial reforms, fare increases, schedule efficiencies, wage freezes and reductions in staff.

King County has joined with the Sound Cities Association and the city of Seattle to lobby the Legislature for a package of state and local funding tools for transit and roads maintenance.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Fla.'s JTA sets launch date for new BRT service

The 9.4 mile Green Line on the North Corridor will feature direct, high-frequency service; 18 branded stations; complimentary Wi-Fi, a Park-n-Ride lot, and real-time bus arrival information.

Canadian bus service to block Internet streaming

Some customers have reported slow internet service, while others couldn't connect at al, due to Internet streaming issues.

Nova Bus names new east coast regional sales manager

Prior to joinging Nova, John Manzi served as eastern regional transit sales manager for a major transmission manufacturer.

Shuttle, circulator routes drawing thousands of riders in Miami

These services carried more than eight million passengers last year in 27 municipalities and are praised by riders and public officials alike as successful transit programs.

Calif.'s VVTA unveils Google trip planner update, web app

VVTA staff coordinated with the county and cities to maintain route and stop accuracy throughout the release cycle. Meeting the needs of the many departments at each agency added to the complexity of the project.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close