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.
June 20, 2011, 6am PDT | Jeff Jamawat
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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.

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Published on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 in Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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