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TRANSIT: You don’t want me on the road with you

Letter by Vivian D. Arsenault, Puyallup on June 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm | No Comments »
June 10, 2013 3:19 pm

Re: “3 small Pierce cities protest transit cuts” (TNT, 6-10).

Do the people of Pierce County who rejected the transit tax increase last fall realize what that will do on all the major roadways? I can only visualize people, like myself, who have very poor vision, driving and being the cause of more accidents than we already have due to the fact that these people can’t distinguish colors such as traffic lights and have slower reflexes. These are the people who depend on public transportation or shuttle service to get them to doctor appointments or grocery shopping, amongst other things.

How is an individual like myself who has no one available to transport them to their appointments or for groceries supposed to exist? I have been told by Pierce Transit people to take a cab. Do they realize on limited income, we cannot afford the price for a cab? We are very much dependent upon public transit.

I hope that along with Milton, Fife and Edgewood other communities like Puyallup will raise a stink to Pierce Transit regarding their cuts. Speaking for myself, I would be willing to pay an increase in fare from the current 75 cents to possibly $1 or $1.25. As it stands right now, it takes me at least two to three hours to reach some of my appointments in Tacoma. I have heard this from may people in these areas.


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