A group of women held signs at 21st Ave SW and SW 152nd Street in Burien Thursday afternoon (Sept. 25), protesting the cut of Metro Transit bus route #139 in Burien. The group included some retired nuns. This route, which will end Sept. 27, was called the ‘Gregory Heights Loop,’ and apparently was the only bus that traveled between Highline Medical Center and the Seahurst neighborhood. “The senior citizens have been told by city officials to buy a car or start riding a bicycle,” Linda Alva told The B-Town Blog. According to the Metro website, route #139 is just one of 28 routes that were cut this month:

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)
Here are photos of the protestors (click images to see larger versions/slideshow): IMG_5297 IMG_5299 IMG_5301 IMG_5302 photo 4 Here’s a video interview of the protestors: [youtube]http://youtu.be/wz6iMibu8WI[/youtube]]]>