The council may contract with other operators or local governments for route planning and scheduling services in any configuration of new or reconfiguration of existing transit services and routes, including route planning and scheduling necessary for the test marketing program, the service bidding program, and the interstate highway described generally as legislative routes Nos. 10 and 107 between I-494 and the Hawthorne interchange in the city of Minneapolis, commonly known as I-394.
The council shall, before making a determination to eliminate or reduce service on existing transit routes, consider:
(1) the level of subsidy per passenger on each route;
(2) the availability and proximity of alternative transit routes; and
(3) the percentage of transit dependent riders, including youth, elderly, low-income, and disabled riders currently using each route.