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BUSES: Pierce Transit needs to revise plan

Letter by Sylvie Pelesasa, Gig Harbor on Jan. 18, 2013 at 10:18 am with No Comments »
January 18, 2013 1:45 pm

Thinking back to the 1980s, we had weekday bus service until midnight and weekend service into the night. So why is it that Pierce Transit is trying to sell the public on the idea that weekend service must be cut out completely?

The agency told us that there would be 53 percent service cuts if the sales tax proposition wasn’t passed. Now it’s down to 34 percent. Are we to believe them when they say they must cut all weekend service?

At the Pierce Transit board meeting, Kelly Hayden stated the agency was committed to providing balance to the community. How can he make a statement like that, then hand us only weekday service? Are they trying to stick it to the public for not passing Proposition 1? Are they really trying?

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland was all for June cuts and also supports weekend cuts that would cripple her own community’s weekend workers? Why?

Pierce Transit proposed cuts for June. Asked if cuts were held off until September, would that allow enough time to tweak the service hours schedule? CEO Lynne Griffith said yes. The board voted to have hours cut in September, so I say go back to the table and have Hayden move things around and come up with weekend service that truly shows the public that Pierce Transit cares about the community and that balance is indeed what they aim to provide.

Even if it’s limited service, it would at least give people an option. Come on, Pierce Transit. You can do better.

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