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GAS: Take transit and avoid high prices

Letter by Sarah M. Malvar, Tacoma on Jan. 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm with 18 Comments »
January 24, 2011 12:58 pm

Here’s a simple solution to spiking gas prices: Start taking the bus or the trolley. This would save you gas in your tank and money in your pocket. It would help our fair city of Tacoma to go green by not putting that pollution from the gas in the air.

I challenge the people of Tacoma to take the bus or trolley at least once a week. Make a smarter choice and save some money.

Leave a comment Comments → 18
  1. royboy361 says:

    I would love to but would have to change buses 3 times and be an hour late for work.

  2. Roncella says:

    Sarah, you mean well,

    But think about the folks who live in the west like montana, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, down south in Texas pan handle, New Mexico, so many other states where a bus or train service is not practical to use.

    Until wind energy and electric cars, solar panels, are cheaper for the average person to afford we need gas and oil and coal to help us during the transition to cleaner energy.

  3. Like Roy.. I would but while I only live a few blocks from either Tacoma or Puyallup city limits its a 5 mile walk to the nearest stop and takes almost an hour to just make the connections to get a bus back from either city…. much less trying to travel through both cities.

  4. live4fish says:

    I, like everybody else, would love to take the bus, except for the 4 hours of bus riding and changing 5 times. Not to practical for a 20 minute drive.

  5. redneckbuck says:

    When will the social engineering hit the skids. We like to drive!!!

  6. How about this challenge. Get half the people who already ride the bus to use toothpaste, take a shower, and pour the perfume bottle down the sink.

    I rode a bus a long time ago, and I STILL smell that reeking stench.

  7. alindasue says:

    Roncella, Sarah wasn’t addressing people in other states; she was addressing us right here in the Puget Sound area.

    We have an excellent public transportation system here (that can only be made better by the passing of Propostion 1.) Of course, it doesn’t work for everyone – nothing short of door-to-door service will do that – but for the greater population who live near the central transportation corridors, it is an excellent commuting alternative.

    Dcr628, I think your challenge can apply to people in every public situation, especially in confined areas like offices and elevators. There’s nothing wrong with the smell of a CLEAN human body. Leave the perfume at home, people!

  8. “Here’s a simple solution to spiking gas prices: Start taking the bus or the trolley…”

    … and there you have it. Mr. Soetoro promised higher costs for energy.

  9. cclngthr says:

    Taking the bus is not practical for people who are needing to get to work, at different sites or times of the day. Bus service between 11 and 6 AM is not very often or everywhere. If I am asked to work at a certain school, and I am called in at a short notice, I can’t say it will take me more than a hour to get there, I need to be there within 10-20 minutes.

  10. Sarah
    I would if they provided better service. Pierce county transit has no concept of scheduling here if you miss your connecting bus then you must wait up to 30 minutes for the next. I have been were if you miss a bus within the next 10 minutes comes another. If I didn’t have to worry about someone taking over a bus causing it crash or risk getting to a fight then I would. If we had a subway like Germany, Chicago, California, New York & D C I would take it instead driving. In fact when we voted on the sounder I thought that’s what we were getting not the Joke we have today. So now I vote no on any thing for public transportation measure. If they are having financial problems hold the drivers accountable for collecting fares from what I’ve heard some drivers allow some riders to ride for free if the don’t have the fare. How about Increasing the fares. When my insurance goes up and the cost of gas goes up I can’t ask for a taxpayers to pay for it.

  11. And the arrogant talk about perfume and body odor. Live in France folks and lose some sensitivity.

  12. Novelist3 says:

    To the people poo-poohing the valid complaints here-
    This is exactly the problem. People don’t want to have to allot an entire hour for what should be a fifteen-minute trip. People don’t like to be assaulted by oniony smells and surly passengers on that trip.
    People shouldn’t HAVE to.
    We do NOT have “”an excellent public transportation system” here. We have a barely passable one that focuses on useless light rail while saddling bus passengers with unacceptable transit and wait times.
    Until people confront the main problems head on, nothing will get better.

  13. blakeshouse says:

    Quit spending your money on gas just give more to PCT. After all they already get it to subsidize every trip made now and are screaming for more next month. Between the unions and inept management this agency doesn’t deserve a penny of tax payer money

  14. ItalianSpring says:

    “Take transit and avoid high prices”

    But don’t avoid the cold and flu viruses carried by other riders. Enjoy.

  15. There is NO North-South bus service in the entire Fircrest area. There is a bus on Orchard and one on Bridgeport Way. That is a lot of territory unserved. I’ve inquired endlessly for a bus on Alameda Avenue that would help fill the gap, to no avail. More and more homes are being built South of 40th St. (Emerson) and on 67th SW, but still no bus service. Hard to vote yes when you see the transit system routes excluding such a large population from their service area. How long since anyone on the Transit Board drove around anywhere besides downtown and the North end?

  16. BlaineCGarver says:

    Sarah, I know you mean well, but it is impossible to ride the bus to work. No coverage. I live five miles from work. If I could get on a bus and get to work, I would be more than happy to do so.

  17. Roncella says:

    The greenies like al gore President Obama and others are brain washing the younger generation about pollution, to the point of them not having good common sense when making decisions pertaining to voting for certain measures that will affect their lives in so many ways.

    al gore is one very rich man from his movies and books and speeches about global warming, and he has to be laughing all the way to the bank, as he walks around his 45,000 sq. ft. mansion off the coast in california, just one of the homes he owns.

  18. I believe Als motto is,Do as I say,Not do as I do!

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