Financial Stability & Sustainability

Scaled back service cuts in proposed 2015-2016 budget updated 9/17/2014

As a result of Metro’s years of work to cut costs and increase revenue, as well as projected lower costs for fuel and other key items, we will be able to balance our budget in the 2015-2016 biennium with fewer cuts than proposed earlier. Learn more (PDF)

We’re now proposing to cut a total of 400,000 hours of service, or about 11 percent of the current system, instead of 550,000 hours or 16 percent as originally proposed. Instead of four rounds of reductions, there will be three:

  • September 2014—28 routes deleted, 13 reduced/revised (151,000 service hours)
  • February 2015 proposal—16 routes deleted, 32 reduced/revised (169,000 service hours)
  • March 2016—route details to be announced next year (80,000 service hours)

Some of these cuts could be postponed if the City of Seattle or other parties enter into service contracts with Metro under the Community Mobility Contracts program (see box at right).


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