Summer, evening routes may decrease

From staff reports

Due to a decline in funding, Pullman Transit will not be able to offer as many bus routes during the 2014 summer break as it did during the same time in 2013, Manager Rod Thornton wrote in a request to City Council.

During the 2013 break, Pullman Transit offered the Summer E, I, J, and Express 2 routes as a trial to determine whether that level of service was sustainable.

“While ridership feedback was positive, it is not financially feasible for Pullman Transit/WSU to fund this additional service in 2014,” Thornton wrote.

Pullman Transit hopes to acquire an 11.2 percent increase in funding from the university. ASWSU President Taylor Hennessey said that decision will be made at an ASWSU meeting in the near future.

Without that increase, Pullman Transit might have to reduce its service noticeably, Operations Supervisor Chris Mitchell said.

Mitchell noted that funding increases usually occur once per year as a result of economic change. He said the amount requested this year might result in “sticker shock” as the percentage was much lower in previous years.

Last year, Pullman Transit received no increase in funding from the university.

Thornton proposed that 2014 summer service levels resemble what was offered during the 2012 summer break, including the C, H, and Vacation E routes.

Due to the same funding issues, he also proposed cutting late night service on Fridays and Saturdays and adjusting the night service that is offered during the week. As a result, nighttime service during the 2014-2015 school year would end around midnight Monday through Saturday.

Thornton has requested that City Council hold a public hearing on April 22 to discuss the issue.