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TRANSIT: Don’t underestimate the importance of bus service

Letter by Alinda Sue Harrison, Tacoma on June 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm | 10 Comments »
June 16, 2010 9:18 am

Re: “Bus riders have to adjust like the rest of us” (letters blog, 6-15).

I ride the bus with my son once a week out of choice, not need. We also live and usually travel in an area that will not be affected as much by the proposed reductions in service.

Unfortunately, riders like myself are in the minority. Many of the bus riders are elderly or disabled people who can’t drive or lower income people who can’t afford a car. Also equally important are people who can drive, but choose to ride the bus to lessen our dependence on oil and decrease the commuter congestion impacting our freeways.

We have already dealt with increased fares this last year and are already seeing proposals for more fare increases. We may grumble, but it’s something that we already deal with. What we can’t deal with are many of the proposed reductions in service. Half the routes would be totally cut leaving those outside the main service routes who can’t drive stranded, and those who choose to drive will be forced back into their cars to again add to the daily congestion.

If you think the bus system is highly subsidized now, wait until the disabled people who are stranded find themselves having to rely on the even more heavily subsidized shuttle system to get them anywhere!

I’d rather pay the extra one-third cent sales tax.

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