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TRANSIT: Let’s invest in our transit opportunity

Letter by Bernice L. Youtz, Tacoma on Oct. 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm | 9 Comments »
October 11, 2011 12:26 pm

Re: “Contracting out could improve service” (letter, 10-10)

The letter’s author writes that contracting out could be an answer to our transit needs, complaining that cut services harm our low-income population. It is not only low-income: all of us who can afford one or more cars know that this is an inefficient way to travel, especially for local commutes where a car sits idle all day.

The writer mentions “jitney” private vehicles, probably not practical today with liability and union issues, but let’s consider a private service. Henry Huntington made his own fortune and provided Greater Los Angeles with excellent public transit.

A recent News Tribune article cited the Tacoma Angel Network, a group of local investors. Would they consider a system of small buses running on fixed routes along a grid designed to reach all neighborhoods? Could they “take it public” and offer to sell shares to any of us who would welcome investing in our own transportation needs? Would the union be a possible partner, investing funds and ensuring jobs for drivers?

“Capitalism at its best,” to quote the TAN chairman, could get a lot of us on the bus.

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