Community Transit is now officially cutting Sunday service and significantly cutting back on many weekday routes. The CT board of directors voted this week 9-0 to move forward with the cuts that they hope will save $11 million over the next two years.
The Herald has the whole story:
Many riders strenuously objected over the past two months to the cuts. Particularly galling to some was the loss of all service on Sundays and holidays, with some riders saying Community Transit buses were the only way they could get to work or church.
Dial-a-Ride transit for the disabled, also known as DART, is run by Community Transit and its service would be eliminated on Sundays as well.
This will be the second time Community Transit has suspended Sunday service in slightly more than 10 years. After Initiative 695 was approved in 1999, dramatically cutting the states car-tab fee, the agency had no Sunday service from February 2000 to February 2002.
This time, sales-tax income, Community Transits main source of operating revenue, has dropped 18 percent in the past two years, spokesman Tom Pearce said.
While some riders pleaded with Community Transit to cut more across the board and save service on Sunday, the agency said Sundays have an average of 8,400 boardings compared with 35,000 on weekdays. Supervisors and mechanics must work on Sundays and holidays, and closing the shop those days saves more than cutting trips here and there, officials say.
The same reasoning was used for shortening and eliminating some early morning routes, moving the earliest start time for drivers from 3 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Some Boeing employees, especially in far north and east Snohomish County, vigorously opposed this plan.Robert Frankthe Herald
Reductions in service will begin June 13th.
Will the Community Transit cuts be affecting your commute? If so, what do you plan to do about it?
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