September 30, 2013
Sioux Area Metro is struggling to accommodate growing demand for its paratransit system. City officials are proposing cutting the number of rides given each day from 650 to 550. After 550 rides are booked, those outside the core service area would have to schedule their rides for another day.
September 12, 2013
Would eliminate 9 of its 13 rail lines and shorten two others, close a subway line, and convert trolley routes to bus lines, if the state doesn't come up with more money for public transit this year.
August 12, 2013
Move could save Sioux Falls half a million dollars. Although only about 10% of Sioux Area Metro riders use the paratransit service, it accounts for 45% of the entire transit budget to operate.
July 25, 2013
Due to an 11% increase in sales tax revenue, Pierce Transit plans to cancel a 28% cut in service hours that was slated for Sept. 29. The transit system will also forgo eliminating nearly 84 jobs as planned.
July 11, 2013
The agency is trying to broaden its strategic direction amid budget issues. It is conducting a trial run of the trolley through September, and is getting funding support for the project from local business groups and the City of Gig Harbor.
May 24, 2013
Call the changes a band-aid for a bigger problem, ask for further discussions.
May 14, 2013
The agency’s plan to cut 10% of its workforce and 28% of its annual service hours in September received a backlash from the public, and spurred a union vote of no confidence in the CEO. The cuts are a result of a sales tax increase measure that was rejected by voters in November.
May 2, 2013
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. Authorization for a temporary two-year Congestion Reduction Charge that would fully fund the transit agency will soon expire.
November 29, 2012
CountyLink, Peoria County’s popular rural transit system, will need to make several service reductions, including cutting four of its six full-time routes. Even with the cuts, the system is expected to run out of money in June.
November 15, 2012
Because the three-tenths of 1% sales tax hike was not approved, the agency will be forced to reduce services by 53%, mostly affecting the poor, elderly and disabled.
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