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.