King County Executive Dow Constantine issued a new proposal Tuesday for an early-2015 round of Metro bus-service cuts, including 16 routes to be eliminated.
An earlier list has been tweaked so cuts would be spread more evenly across the county, and not fall disproportionately on poor communities, his staff said in an announcement. And if Seattle voters pass new transit taxes in November, the cuts would be delayed from February until next June, giving the city and others time to save certain routes, by reimbursing Metro, said Constantine.
Many proposals involve combining routes, or reducing service where other buses are nearby. The result could be more crowding, less frequency, or a longer walk to catch a bus. Metro faces a $75 million yearly gap between operating cost and tax income, and the county already approved a less-severe first round of cuts for Sept. 27.
The latest list, still subject to a County Council vote, is shown here.