Apr 7, 2014 ap 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.
Feb 11, 2013 ap commented on Lawmakers from Rural Counties Should Quit Their Whining About the Viaduct Tunnel Before We Demand Our Money Back.
I'm confused, and granted, bad at math, but $25 million is not enough to close the tunnel gap which is $235 million ($400m-$165m)...?
Sep 18, 2012 ap commented on Five Old White Guys vs. Jay Inslee.
At least it's clear that the GOP knows who their target audience is -- white guys, 65 and over.
Jun 7, 2011 ap 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 ap 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.
Aug 30, 2010 ap commented on Despite AP Fact Check, Murray Campaign Says It Will Keep Hitting Rossi on Earmarks.
Of course Rossi won't support earmarks, he'll be in the minority party in the senate -- not exactly earmark making central.
Aug 20, 2010 ap commented on Didier Takes a Bunch of Hostages.
For fuck's sake. How far back does Didier want to take Washington?
Aug 16, 2010 ap commented on City Considers Apartment and Condo Composting.
and just who is this mysterious council member "tim o'brien" ?
Aug 9, 2010 ap commented on A Carpetbagger in the 34th! (That Is, If Moving Between Seattle Neighborhoods Makes You a Carpetbagger.).
I'd say that close readers would ask what Heavey's voting record was in Alabama.
May 18, 2010 ap commented on Capitol Hill Block Party Adds Third Day.
July 23-25 is not Friday thru Sunday, it's Monday-Wednesday. June 23-25 is a Friday-Sunday. What are the actual dates of Block Party?