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BUSES: Now it’s time for transit dealmaking

Letter by Vincent S. Hart, University Place on Nov. 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm with No Comments »
November 21, 2012 1:35 pm

Now that the opposition has succeeded in killing Pierce Transit Proposition 1 and forcing a drastic reduction in transit service on our community, I wonder if those opponents are ready to offer free rides to people left stranded on evenings and weekends. How’s that for a fantasy?

An even less likely fantasy, it would seem, is the possibility of getting the supporters of Prop. 1, the opponents, the management of Pierce Transit, the transit workers, as well as frequent and completely dependent riders, and spokespersons for the community all together in one place for serious negotiation until a truly fair and equitable solution is found.

Who might initiate such a deal-making process? Could Pierce County set Congress a good example? It surely would be worth a try.

I would like to see the opponents of Prop. 1 demonstrate that they have an alternative, realistic solution to the present situation confronting the Pierce Transit system. Rather than just opposing something they don’t like, and in the process making victims of the most vulnerable people in our community, let them put on the table a workable plan that deals realistically with the needs of all involved.

If an equitable solution could be found quickly enough to avoid the anticipated cutbacks in service, that would be a wonderful gift to all, especially to those so very dependent on present transit service and actually in need of more, not less.

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