The beginning of June marks the final days for Sound Transit Route 599 running between the Lakewood Sounder Station and Freighthouse Square.
This is the only route that ST is eliminating in total this summer, under the guise of “low ridership.” This is despite the fact that the route was set up as a temporary replacement for a train when the Lakewood Sounder station opened in 2009.
At that time, Sound Transit officials clearly stated that because train service did not reach Lakewood when the local station opened, they were going to establish this bus route “until commuter train service reaches Lakewood.” The latest, ever-shifting arrival date for train service is now late 2012. Yet we are about to lose our shuttle.
Those of us who depend on this service have done everything we could to change the minds of ST board members. The one point which they now seem to have forgotten is that this is a unique route in their system. It was meant as a temporary substitute for train service for which all Lakewood taxpayers have been paying.
Shame on Sound Transit for breaking its word and for taking our tax dollars while giving us nothing in return. It’s proof once again that this agency is not to be trusted.