Puyallup truly is “the land of the generous people.” Since Jan. 1, Puyallup and the rest of Pierce County have been subsidizing King County’s light rail “dreamland” construction of light rail to Bellevue and Federal Way.
Now a number of Puyallup’s neighbors are considering pulling out of the Pierce County Transit pact as the system is cutting back services and becoming a countywide subsidized Tacoma Transit System. Will Puyallup consider a divorce also? I very much doubt it. Why? Puyallup has its own plan to waste taxpayer dollars on a downtown public transport scheme.
Pierce Transit and Sound Transit’s Sounder in conjunction with Puyallup’s EZRA super-expensive bus transit system concept linking downtown to the South Hill Mall and beyond, are at the core of City Hall’s “Vision 2040.” This will make downtown Puyallup an all-pedestrian area with public transport as its feeder.
As so many developers, contractors and so-called nonprofits have their noses in this money trough, and being active benefactors of the City Council leadership, do not expect any change soon. Perhaps new City Manager Ralph Dannenberg can revisit his predecessor’s “EZRA Folly” and provide some adult supervision to his Planning Department and inject some common sense back into the city’s plans for the future.
If not, Puyallup will continue sponsoring King County, Tacoma and soon South Hill. Very generous, Puyallup!