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Choices facing transit board

"During a public meeting Friday the Island Transit Board of Directors will decide what to do about the the county's fare free transit system - a system that will potentially lose as much as 60 percent of its operating money by 2001 as a result of Initiative 695. One of the key options is to ask voters for an additional three-tenths of 1 percent increase in the local sales tax. Here's a look at what that could mean to bus service. ROUTE 1NBCurrent service: Hourly northbound along SR 525, Smuggler Cove Road and SR 20/Commuter and ExpressIf current .3 percent tax remains the same: Limited morning Express, then hourly from 8 a.m. through Langley and Keystone.If tax is raised to .6 percent: Full serviceROUTE 1SBCurrent service: Hourly southbound along SR 525 and SR20/Commuter and ExpressIf current .3 percent tax remains the same: No evening Express. Route will go through Langley and Keystone.If tax is raised to .6 percent: Full serviceROUTE 2Current service: Hourly service to West Oak HarborIf current .3 percent tax remains the same: Service eliminatedIf tax is raised to .6 percent: Service eliminatedROUTE 3Current service: Hourly service to East Oak HarborIf current .3 percent tax remains the same: Service eliminatedIf tax is raised to .6 percent: Service eliminatedROUTE 4Current service: Hourly service between Oak Harbor and Deception PassIf current .3 percent tax remains the same: Service reduced to every two hoursIf tax is raised to .6 percent: Full serviceROUTE 6Current service: Hourly service between West Beach, Coupeville, Keystone and Admirals CoveIf current .3 percent tax remains the same: Service eliminatedIf tax is raised to .6 percent: Service reduced to every two hoursROUTE 7Current service: Hourly and Express service between Freeland and LangleyIf current .3 percent tax remains the same: Service eliminatedIf tax is raised to .6 percent: Full serviceROUTE 8Current service: Hourly and Express service between Clinton ferry, Scatchet Head, Langley and BayviewIf current .3 percent tax remains the same: Service eliminatedIf tax is raised to .6 percent: Full serviceROUTE 9Current service: Hourly service between the Oak Harbor Library, the Exchange, the Commissary and Crosby RoadIf current .3 percent tax remains the same: Service eliminatedIf tax is raised to .6 percent: Full serviceROUTE 10Current service: Twice-hourly Oak Harbor city shuttleIf current .3 percent tax remains the same: Reduced service. Combined with Route 4If tax is raised to .6 percent: Full serviceROUTE 11Current service: Two daily trips from Oak Harbor to Mount Vernon recently eliminated.If current .3 percent tax remains the same: Service eliminatedIf tax is raised to .6 percent: Unknown. This service has already been cut and a new agreement with Skagit Transit would be necessary.PARA-TRANSITCurrent service: Special service for the disabled to within 3/4-mile of main routes and beyond 3/4-mile on an time-permitting and availability basis. If current .3 percent tax remains the same: Service eliminated beyond 3/4-mile and greatly reduced within 3/4-mileIf tax is raised to .6 percent: Full service for area within 3/4-mile and possibly more.SATURDAY SERVICECurrent service: Saturday service was recently eliminatedIf current .3 percent tax remains the same: Service eliminatedIf tax is raised to .6 percent: Hourly Saturday service restored on north/south Route 1 only. CAMANO ISLANDCurrent service: Hourly service connects East and West Camano with Stanwood.If current .3 percent tax remains the same: Service reduced to every two hoursIf tax is raised to .6 percent: Hourly service beginning later in the morning."

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