More Extensive Bus Service to Serve Seattleites

In Washington state, King County Council will vote on a measure to adopt a new algorithm for transit service policy.

The proposed policy, recommended by the 28-member Regional Task Force, will determine a level of service that corresponds to ridership demand, which takes into account land use and population density. This is a complete overhaul of the existing policy that is based solely on political boundaries.

Scott Gutierrez of the Seattle P-I reports, "For the last decade, new bus service in King County was divided among three subareas according to the '40/40/20 rule.' That meant 40 percent of new service would go to suburbs in east King County; 40 percent would go to south King County; and 20 percent would go to Seattle. Seattle received the lowest share of new service, despite having the highest ridership demand."

Voting takes place in the next couple weeks.

Full Story: New Metro Service Plan: 'Era of the Empty Bus is Over'

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