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BUSES: Pierce Transit isn’t to blame

Letter by Ysobell E. Stephens, Tacoma on June 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm with 9 Comments »
June 30, 2011 11:47 am

Re: “Pierce Transit let community down” (letter, 6-28).

When people complain that Pierce Transit isn’t providing a previous service, they are blaming the wrong party.

It’s the Pierce County voters who are to blame. They chose to vote down a sales tax increase of less than a penny per dollar to pay for the increased costs of operation.

Cuts had to be made. Gas prices alone can be blamed for the increased costs of operation.

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  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    OH….bother. Riders won’t pay their fair share of the fare. Period. People making “up north” wages and paying “down here” housing should be tickled to pay a fair price for their ride to work. Not counting the ride itself, the parking up there is hundreds a month.

  2. PumainTacoma says:

    After paying $200 a day in taxes, yes taxes (IRS, property, local). How much is too much to pay a day in taxes? $100, $200, $300? Anyone Bueller?

    Walk, ride, carpool, figure it out. No more to give. Well dried up.

  3. alindasue says:

    BlaineCGarver said, “People making “up north” wages and paying “down here” housing should be tickled to pay a fair price for their ride to work.”

    Mr. Garver,

    The people with “down here” housing are paying just as much, if not more, than the people who work and live “up there” for transportation. Bus fares for service from and around Tacoma are among the highest in the state.

    In Olympia, it’s still only $1 for a ride within the county and only 50 cents above our $2 local rate for a ride to Tacoma. Interestingly enough, the people of Thurston County recently approved their .02% sales tax increase. That has not only allowed them to maintain their local service levels at $1 per ride and run their free Dash buses through downtown, but gave them the funding to increase service to cover most of the Olympia/Tacoma runs that Pierce Transit had to cut.

    What we are seeing in Olympia is very similar to what would have happened in Tacoma had more voters been willing to part with just an extra 3 cents on a $10 taxable purchase (89 cents tax instead of 86 cents tax). Just pennies per person… but together all those pennies would have made a big difference!


    If you are truly paying $200 per day in taxes ($73,000 per year), then your taxes alone are nearly as much as my four-income family earns in a year. Either you must be making a six or seven figure salary to afford to buy that much in taxable items and to afford property that would warrant such high property tax OR you are paying considerably less in taxes than you claim.

    Essentially, you may be refusing the public further access to your “well”, but your statement is evidence that your well is anything but dried up.

  4. stetsonwalker says:

    How is it you blame the taxpayer that does not even ride the bus? Is it also the poultry farmers fault that beef is so expensive?

  5. bobcat1a says:

    stetsonwalker, obviously you believe we should only pay for the roads we drive on. Try running that by people who live on rural roads. The principle you find so repugnant is called civilization.
    BTW, the poultry/beef analogy is infantile sophistry.

  6. stetsonwalker says:

    bobcat, I live as rural as you can get. Been paying for the stupid bus for years with NO Roy service. Do not want the bus in my area nor do I want to pay for it.

  7. blakeshouse says:

    another socialist who can’t get enuff of other peoples money. Just like the rest of the crowd they have nothing intelligent to add to an issue other than it is the greedy taxpayers fault.

    Like Margaret Thatcher said……. The problem with socialism is that you soon run out of other peoples money

  8. Omega6234 says:

    i dont understand why people that dont use the service should pay more. If gas prices go up i dont pass the expense onto another driver… i foot the bill. People riding these busses should get what they pay for.. if that means it costs more… so be it.

  9. Blaming the taxpayers is correct. I’m a taxpayer and on a fixed income. I can’t afford any more in the shape of bonds, levies and tax increases. President Obama said it during his campaign “Raising taxes during a recession is wrong”. I agree with him and will vote “NO” again and again until State, County and local leaders finally understand.

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