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TRANSIT: South Sound needs strong advocates

Letter by Nancy Josue, Lakewood on Feb. 6, 2014 at 1:16 pm with No Comments »
February 6, 2014 1:46 pm

The celebratory parade for the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday showed how lacking public transportation is in the South Sound.

We arrived early for the Sounder train, and it was already over capacity. The lines for the Sounder buses were exceedingly long.

We drove to Sea-Tac and parked at a commercial lot. The lines for the Link light rail were unbelievable. The line snaked across the sky bridge and wound all through the airport parking garage to the other side. A man went to the front and asked people how long they had been waiting. It was over two hours.

The other line packed the sidewalk eight to 10 deep and extended three or more blocks. To reach the end of the line, people were running down the lanes of busy International Boulevard.

Residents of Pierce County have been paying into the Regional Transit Authority for years, yet the Link still only goes to the airport. The Sounder train is great but has a limited schedule during the day. My hope is that Pierce County leaders and local mayors and city councils will strongly advocate for our share of transit extensions.

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