There is a certain happiness sighted when your bus comes along. It is of course a small specialized form of happiness and will never be a great thing.

-Richard Brautigan, The Old Bus

Friday, August 22, 2008

RT's worst-case scenario at a glance

As mentioned yesterday, if California legislators can reach an agreement on the budget that limits cuts in state support to RT to less than $5 million, then a little belt tightening and the extra income generated by recent increases in ridership should cover the shortfall. Fares and service will be unaffected.

But if legislators give in to the governor's request to cut millions more, then the RT board will face several very hard choices when it meets Monday at 6 p.m. at RT headquarters at 29th and N streets.

Here are the fare increases that might be necessary:

RT staff have repeatedly said that service cuts should be the very last option, but if it comes to that, here's where the cuts would be made in bus service: (Click on image to see readable version.)

One other service reduction option is to reduce the hours some routes operate. The following routes would operate between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.:

People who don't want to see these rate hikes and cuts in service need to contact their state representatives.

1 comment:

cindyn said...

Wish RT could offer the schedule that I have to more of its riders. At Sac State, the #30 7:30 this Monday morning had an oil link, so was put out of service. But less than 15 minutes later or so, here comes the #31. Of course it turned into a very full ride, but at the most I'm 20 minutes late to work down here at K and 10th.
P.S. From calls into the office, sounds like 80 is a mess out there. Staff who are driving in are a lot later than I was.