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BUSES: Many depend on public transit

Letter by Christina Leigh Chambers, University Place on Sep. 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm | 7 Comments »
September 27, 2012 12:38 pm

Re: Pierce County Proposition 1.

I am mother to two wonderful girls. All of us have visual impairments and depend on the buses to get around. My youngest, who is a senior at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, will be the hardest hit if Proposition 1 doesn’t pass.

She comes home on the weekend via charter bus. If her bus is late on Friday and comes in after the buses stop running, she is stuck at the stop where the charter bus drops her off. On Sunday we would have to rely on other people to get her to the stop because the buses wouldn’t be running that day.

The fewer buses that run, the more independence my family loses. I am speaking for those who rely on public transportation because they are disabled, elderly, can’t drive or don’t own a car. They are in the same boat as we are.

This public transportation is for everyone, hence the word “public.” Drivers should think about what they would do they couldn’t drive or if their car breaks down and there is little to no bus service. They might be the position of using the buses.

We all rely on public transportation – if not now then later. A thriving community has an excellent transportation system. Let’s keep the buses running.

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