High expenses and an outmoded service strategy are hindering King County Metro Transit, asserts a report issued today.
The findings are meant to provoke public debate, as County Council members try to pull Metro from a deep budget hole to prevent cuts in future bus rapid-transit service they promised to voters.
The report urged Metro to scrap its policy that extends 40 percent of new service to the Eastside, 40 percent to the south county and 20 percent to Seattle and Shoreline. The policy was meant to assure suburban taxpayers ample service, but Muni League chairman Brad Meacham calls it “pretty outdated.” Buses should be deployed based on where people travel, the report says.
The 40/40/20 split is an absurd political agreement. It doesn’t make any sense. It’s got nothing to do with running Metro in an efficient way and everything to do with exporting transit dollars from the city to the ‘burbs. If folks in Covington or Duvall or Federal Way want an extra slice of the pie, they should tax themselves to get it.