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Proposed Metro Service Cuts Include Routes 5, 26 & 28

By Sean Keeley · July 7th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Metro Transit is asking the King County Council for a temporary $20 annual surcharge on licensed vehicles as a stop-gap measure to maintain bus service. Metro has announced that if the council doesn’t approve the surcharge, it will have to cut up to 600,000 service hours – or 17 percent of current bus routes – in 2012 and 2013.

According to Metro’s proposal, routes 5, 26 and 28, which serve Fremont, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, will be hit hard.

Routes 26 and 28, which runs along 36th Street, would be eliminated. The 26 & 28 Express would be reduced or revised.

Both the Local and Express service on Route 5, which runs along Fremont Avenue North, would be reduced or revised.

You can weigh in on the issue at two public meetings, next Tuesday, July 12, at the King County Courthouse, Council Chambers, 516 Third Ave., Seattle; and at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the Burien City Council Chambers, 400 SW 152nd St., Burien.

If you can’t make it to one of the public hearings, you can submit your comments to the council online.

Click here for a complete list of all routes and whether the proposal calls for them to be eliminated, reduced or remain unchanged. Click here for a map of all affected routes in Northwest Seattle.

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    Service Impacts:

    · Up to 645,000 hours of service lost.

    · Up to 74 routes cancelled completely.

    · Up to 107 routes reduced or modified.

    · 33 routes stay the same.

    · Up to 17% of service cut.

    · Up to 80% of riders impacted in some way.

    Printable graphic of which routes are cancelled, reduced, or
    unchanged:

    http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/PDFs/changes/proposed-change-overview.pdf

    Details of reductions: schedule
    changes for each route including time of day, frequency,etc.:

    http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/proposed-changes.html

    Transit Ridership:

    ·
    40% of people working downtown commute by transit.

    ·
    87% of bus riders ride by choice (they could drive
    their cars if they wanted to).

    ·
    52% of Metro riders say they would drive alone in their
    cars if the bus was not available.

    ·
    1 out of 3 Regular Metro riders say they would
    purchase at least one vehicle if their bus service was cut, and 27% of all riders say they would have to purchase a car if their
    bus was not available. This is why the car dealers association is a
    big spender in opposing transit.

    ·
    400,000 is the average number of weekday boardings.

    · Metro keeps an estimated 175,000 cars off local roads
    every weekday.

    · Metro provided an estimated 118 million passenger
    trips in 2013 (Metro’s Transit Finances: an overview).

    Bus Rider Statistics: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/reports/monthly-measures/ridership.html

    Metro 2011 Rider-Non-Rider Survey:
    http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/reports/2011/2011-rider-non-rider-survey.pdf




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