The majority of our clients here at Tacoma Community House depend on Pierce Transit to get them to and from work, to the doctor and to attend classes. Seventy percent of the Rescue Mission’s clients and 80 percent of Greater Lakes Mental Health’s clients take the bus.
They ride the bus because it’s convenient, reliable and because they may have no other option. More than half the commuters who use public transportation have incomes below $20,000, and 45 percent do not own or have access to a working vehicle of their own.
Approving Pierce Transit Proposition 1 will help maintain current services and increase them. Prop. 1 would impose a 0.3 percent tax increase, which will help provide funding for more services through Pierce Transit.
A few extra pennies are a small price to pay for reliable service for our community members. If it passes, we will have service on the weekends, more frequent service, and service to the Puyallup Fair and the Freedom Fair. If it fails, we will lose weekend, holiday and later evening service and have longer wait times.
Prop. 1 will help Pierce Transit continue to provide reliable services for our clients, people with disabilities, students and commuters. Let’s not fail our community members, who need and use the bus or Paratransit services.
Pierce Transit helps keep the community stay connected, and TCH supports this measure to provide more services for our clients. Transportation is fundamental and a necessity for all.
(Dunbar is executive director of Tacoma Community House.)