Friday, April 29, 2011

Transit Values Exercise: Making Tough Choices

Community Transit continues to be impacted by the recession. Due to low sales tax revenues, the agency has been forced to cut service and restructure itself for an uncertain future economy.

As Community Transit considers the future, we are involving the public in our visioning process. CEO Joyce Eleanor hosted several public workshops involving a Transit Values Exercise that allows participants to walk in the shoes of transit planners and decision-makers.

Their task: to cut costs by 20 percent while prioritizing the kind of transit service they value most. The exercise is based on a fictional transit agency, but the data and the choices are real.

After the exercise, participants shared their thoughts on the process and the tough decisions facing Community Transit's leaders.

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