Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: mass transit

Oct.
8th

TRANSIT: New Sounder extension is too costly

I am greatly in favor of mass transit, trains, commute trip reduction, walking, biking and working near home. My concern about the new Sounder train to Lakewood is that it just costs way too much and is another example of the lunacy of well-intentioned government decisions.

Sounder to Lakewood is by far the most expensive local transportation project I have examined. The capital cost per anticipated daily user is $325,000 ($325 million divided by 1,000 passengers per day). Our Link light rail was very expensive at $42,500 per daily user ($85 million divided by 2,000 passengers per day), but at

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Oct.
8th

BUSES: Proposition 1 unfair to the public

As a graduate of the Tacoma School of the Arts, I understand the importance of Pierce Transit. I rode the bus every day for three years.

The bus system is an essential part of life for thousands of Tacoma residents, especially for low-income families who rely on buses exclusively for travel to and from work. These people rely on the transit system to earn a living, which is why I am appalled at the situation we’re currently facing with Proposition 1.

In 2011, The News Tribune reported the salaries of Pierce Transit employees as a matter of public record. Twenty

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Oct.
8th

BUSES: Missing facts about transit tax

Facts are missing from The News Tribune endorsement on Pierce Transit Proposition 1 (editorial, 10-7).

This tax is a permanent sales tax increase for a temporary problem and would create in Tacoma the highest sales tax rate on the West Coast. Have people considered what this will mean to the car dealers and other businesses in our area?

Having the highest sales tax (10.1 percent), how many will buy elsewhere in a below 8 percent sales tax area? The savings on a vehicle could be $500 to $1,000 per purchase. The City of Tacoma is counting on future sales

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Oct.
8th

ELECTION: Don’t believe anti-union propaganda

Re: Pierce Transit Proposition 1.

Pierce Transit employees do not have “Cadillac insurance.” We have two choices: Group Health and Regence. We have a deductible, co-pays and a monthly premium, just like any other Pierce County resident who has a job that provides health insurance.

The only difference is we have a “high experience rating.” When Pierce Transit goes out yearly to get medical insurance, it is faced with the fact that the employees at Pierce Transit have a high usage of the medical insurance, therefore the rates offered are very high from the insurance brokers.

You cannot believe the

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Oct.
8th

TRANSIT: Sounder is being underutilized

Having ridden the inaugural run of the Sounder Lakewood extension, I can say that in my opinion the train is an asset to the region. The traffic removed from freeways, resultant reduction in pollution, and access to transportation for low income and non-driving public from Lakewood all the way to Everett are solid community improvements.

That said, I cannot fathom why such an improvement would be relegated to a truncated commuter-only operation schedule. Not having at least 18-hour, if not full round-the-clock, daily train service to allow for tourist, swing and night shift as well as weekend work, theatergoing, shopping

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Oct.
4th

BUSES: Transit needed for independence

Public transportation has played an integral part in my independent-living situation over the last decade. I am a disabled Tacoma resident who is unable to drive a vehicle, so I have been relying on Pierce Transit’s services. They provide a crucial role in getting me around and helping me to be a productive citizen of Tacoma. As a result of that, I am advocating for Proposition 1.

If the service were cut by 53 percent (which is what will happen if the proposition fails), it would severely impact my ability to be a member of this city’s community, and it

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Oct.
3rd

BUSES: Proposition 1 adds only 3 cents on every $10

I have a 27-year-old son with cerebral palsy who relies on the Pierce Transit shuttle to get back and forth to work three days a week and to activities one day a week. As of Sept. 30, I had to move him to his sister’s house as the shuttle no longer will pick him up at his home.

So many people out past the Walmart on the Mountain Highway rely on the buses to get them where they need to go.

If you really have a heart for the human beings, please vote yes on Proposition 1. It’s only 3

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Oct.
3rd

BUSES: Pierce Transit should streamline

I find it rather odd that we are once again voting for the same thing we voted against. The problem is not that Pierce Transit needs more money. Rather, it is that Pierce Transit has considerable difficulty staying within a budget.

I understand that there is a need for mass transit. However, given the number of overlapping routes and inconsistent timetables, it would seem that Pierce Transit should review its present operations and look where it can make appropriate changes to streamline operations and reduce costs.

One suggestion would be to reduce the number of overlapping routes. Multiple buses on

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