As many of you already know, the Board of Directors of Metro are scheduled to vote at their monthly meeting on Thursday on changes and cuts in the agency’s bus service.
The cuts amount to about four percent of Metro’s overall bus service. Among the cuts: five rapid lines (the 711, 714, 715, 750 and 753) would be discontinued entirely and replaced with enhanced local service.
Four percent is not a tiny number — but it is also far less dramatic than cuts made by other transit agencies around the U.S. during the ongoing economic downtown. Many of the cuts have been driven by a decline in ridership (and the revenues that go with that) and the loss of local and state funds support transit.
The service changes, if approved, would take effect in December. How were the cuts and changes made? Metro staff looked at current service and tried to cut down on bus service that was either redundant or being used by too few people.
Here is the staff report to the Board of Directors, which includes a discussion on the criteria used to judge which bus routes were cut or changed. The last four pages listing the cuts and changes in service are posted after the jump. For those wondering what is “tier 1″ bus service, it’s Metro’s most heavily used bus and rail routes, which carry more than 10,000 riders on the average weekday and consist of the core of Metro’s service.