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TRANSIT: Commuter just needs to adjust

Letter by Charles Dixon, Lakewood on June 6, 2011 at 10:24 am with 3 Comments »
June 6, 2011 10:24 am

Re: “Commuters losing essential shuttle” (letter, 6-5).

Another complainer when things do not work out. We are in a recession, fella. Agreement dates get shuffled around when the money isn’t coming in. Read the paper once in a while. You are not the only one taking hits. You are just one of those that do not get it.

I do have a solution for you. Jump on the 594 bus at the same location you board the 599, ride it to the 512 park and ride down the street and jump on the 574, which takes you to the destination you mention.

 

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  1. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Yes, Mr. Dixon commuters need to adjust but PT needs to adjust:
    1. bloated driver pay
    2. excessive staff of beancounters and middle managers
    3. change the union contract or decertify them
    4. Mange without using overtime
    5. Slash expenses like auto fleet cost
    6. Accross the board pay cuts
    7. Privatize support services

    Untill you have done all of this and more not one bus run should be cut. We see that your are giving your ridership a haircut to punish them but where is your shared sacrafice.

    Punish us all you want but we will not vote to increase taxes until you budget within your means and run PT like a business.

    You just don’t get it. Stop following the advice of your union to punish the taxpayers.

  2. alindasue says:

    “I do have a solution for you. Jump on the 594 bus at the same location you board the 599, ride it to the 512 park and ride down the street and jump on the 574, which takes you to the destination you mention.”

    Or if you are currently parking at the Lakewood transit center, just drive a few blocks to the 512 P&R and park there. Then bus 574 becomes your “shuttle”.

  3. alindasue says:

    taxedenough,

    This is the exact same list you seem to put up every time there is an issue involving Pierce Transit. Again, I will respond to your suggestions.

    “bloated driver pay”

    Are you aware that there are some drivers who barely make $10,000 per year? The few really high paid drivers earn that extra money by working very long hours – but we’ll address the overtime issue in a bit.

    “excessive staff of beancounters and middle managers”

    There are 1102 employees and a very large fleet of expensive buses at Pierce Transit. Given its size, PT doesn’t have an excessive number of managers. Heck, the car rental company I worked for had a higher manager to employee ratio than that!

    “change the union contract or decertify them”
    “Accross the board pay cuts”

    Its always easy to ask others to sacrifice their pay for you, isn’t it? How much of a pay cut would you be willing to take at your job? Be honest.

    “Privatize support services”

    Already done. All the buses’ tires are changed and maintained by two employees of a major tire sales company. I know this because one of them is my husband.

    “Slash expenses like auto fleet cost”
    “Mange without using overtime”

    (I’m assuming you meant “manage”.) Ever since the fire at the CNG pumps, PT has had to pay drivers overtime to drive the buses up into King County every night to be fueled. Since this is proving costly, most of the natural gas buses are being mothballed. Instead, PT has bought a number of old diesel buses that are being prepped and added to the fleet.

    “Untill you have done all of this and more not one bus run should be cut.”

    Ok… so you want the fleet costs reduced and no employee overtime hours, but you still want the same number of buses run the same number of hours. Right.

    Bringing in the old diesel buses cuts down on the recently added emergency overtime hours (not included in TNT’s chart of employee pay for 2010), so I’m guessing the overtime pay you are talking about cutting is the hours of route driving over-time. Well, they can do that. However, the only way they can do that and still have “not one bus run cut” is to hire more people. Those buses aren’t going to drive themselves.

    The problem is that every new employee comes with a new benefits package, new Social Security and L&I taxes, and new training costs. That’s why so many companies, Pierce Transit included, find it is less expensive to pay existing employees over-time than it is to hire new people.

    However, cheer up. With the service cuts, there will be 35% fewer driving hours to be covered which means less “bloated” over-time added to the drivers’ pay.

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