Apr 7, 2014
commented on Don't Be Fooled by Seattle Times Report on Metro Opposition Group
Looking at Metro's Accountability website, here are a few of the other actions they've listed as cost-savings/efficiency measures.
• Changed the way buses are scheduled so fewer buses deliver the same amount of service. Ongoing annual savings: $13 million.
• Eliminated 125 "backup" operator positions from the 2008 level and increased the use of part-time drivers or full time drivers working overtime to fill absences. Ongoing annual savings: $1.45 million.
• Expanded Metro's Community Access Transportation (CAT) program as part of an ongoing effort to contain the costs of paratransit service-federally mandated door-to-door service for people with disabilities that is costly for Metro to operate. CAT provides vans and support to partner community organizations that offer rides as an alternative to Metro's Access service. CAT trips are less expensive and fill service gaps as well. Metro has doubled the number of CAT trips since 2008, and plans to continue expanding this program. Savings in 2013: $5 million.
• Extended the inspection interval for buses. Ongoing annual savings: $450,000.
• Using the service guidelines adopted in 2011, cut 75,000 hours of the least productive bus service and reallocated those service hours, along with hours gained from more efficient scheduling to more productive service. These actions have resulted in higher ridership and fare revenue. Ongoing annual savings: $8 million.
Jun 7, 2011
commented on Keep Holding Your Breath for Later Drinking Hours
@2, actually the rulemaking moratorium has exceptions like if small businesses are asking for it. Presumably the bars of seattle could ask the Governor to allow the LCB to enter rulemaking to explore later times.
May 25, 2011
commented on It Passed! 4Culture Survives
You do realize that 4Culture won't actually get any money until 2021 right? that's my read of the bill.