As a student at the School of the Arts (S.O.T.A) in Tacoma, I regularly ride the bus down Pacific Avenue each day from Spanaway. Many of my fellow students arrive at S.O.T.A in a similar manner from all parts of Pierce County (and beyond). A bus is more than a transportation device, it is a lifeline for our school, as well as many others. Without bus service, our growing community of artists is threatened.
Many other citizens are also left vulnerable by the dramatic cuts in service that would ensue if this proposition goes down to defeat. Many that work two and even three jobs may be left without the vital transportation that provides them a way to and from work. Sure, tax rates would rise slightly under this proposition, but the losses in the economy from workers that no longer have a consistent way to work or school would be more intense.
I urge you to support Proposition 1 on Nov. 6.