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BUSES: Transit cuts will affect us all

Letter by Shelly R. Weiss, Tacoma on Sep. 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm | 20 Comments »
September 25, 2012 2:27 pm

Re: Pierce Transit Proposition 1.

I am a single mom who uses the Pierce Transit system to take my son to day care and then on to my job. If I were to, for some reason, need to go home during my lunch time, it would take me a little over an hour round trip to go 2.4 miles.

My current position occasionally requires me to work on weekends and then my average commute time, due to lack of connections, takes 90 minutes one way. While I am grateful that my current job placement is technically close enough to walk to if need be (though in the winter weather and darkness it would not be pleasant), I know that most are not so lucky. Any reduction would result in many people no longer able to work the shifts that they have been hired for.

Some may be able to survive on less wages, but I’m sure that most won’t be able to and a lot will be laid off due to the lack of transportation. Fewer workers would mean less business, which would mean fewer workers. Do you see where I’m going with this?

Any reduction in transit services would have a drastic effect on our local economy. Please support our public transit options.

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