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BUSES: Why cancel highly used route?

Letter by Kenneth D. Rose, Gig Harbor on June 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm with 4 Comments »
June 22, 2011 1:04 pm

One of Pierce Transit’s budget solutions to its fiscal crisis is to completely cancel the 601 Express bus service to Olympia (TNT, 6-20). That’s not only bad for the riders, it’s bad for other commuters using the Interstate 5 corridor during rush hours and it’s also not good for Pierce Transit.

Judging from how quickly the decision was made to cancel the route after the meeting, I’d say it was a waste of time for those riders who attended the meeting. The decision had already been made.

That’s too bad, because the 601 route has been enjoying 90 percent occupancy lately. On some days it has even been standing room only. Pierce Transit says its reduction plan focuses on maintaining ridership. How does completely eliminating a route maintains ridership?

If the agency were to again reduce the route to only one trip each way a day, it would still serve those riders, reduce the I-5 congestion through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord corridor and save those riders’ votes for the next time Pierce Transit decides to submit a sales tax ballot measure. Pierce Transit still just doesn’t get it.


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  1. theglovesRoff says:

    They got it. It is called punish the voters.

  2. alindasue says:

    That route has always been run in cooperation with Olympia’s Intercity Transit, some of the runs being Pierce Transit and some being Intercity Transit. That route is still being continued by Intercity Transit which will be adding a few more runs to partially make up for the runs that Pierce Transit is discontinuing.

    Apparently, the people in the Olympia area understand the value of their transit system – they approved their sales tax increase for transit. Note that they are able to increase their runs, not cut them as PT is forced to do, in order to meet with demand.

  3. LarryFine says:

    Why cancel highly used route?

    e x t o r t i o n . . .

  4. truthbusterguy says:

    PT says, let them eat cake.

    Nogloves has it right. This is just more vote punishment for not letting them tax us more. Just look at their staff and budget. They waste money like the DOT.

    They are pissed they have run out of other peoples money.

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