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TRANSIT: Senate puts light rail to Tacoma at risk

Re: “Proposal to increase gas tax has momentum” (TNT, 2-13).

Pierce County voters should be aware that the state Senate is trying to put a roadblock in front of finishing light rail between Tacoma and Sea-Tac Airport. Funding authority for Sound Transit in the Senate package has been cut by $4 billion (more than 25 percent), which is enough to put the project at risk of not making it to the Tacoma Dome.

The state Department of Transportation says peak traffic now starts before 3 p.m. in Fife and lasts an average of four hours, with backups growing to more than five miles long.


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COUNTY: Proposed site lacks transit options

Pierce County is extremely shortsighted by selecting the Puget Sound Hospital site for its campus.

Currently, there are only two transit options to this site: Pierce Transit buses 1 and 53. Conversely, the urban core of Tacoma has 18 Pierce Transit buses, two Sound Transit buses and three buses that serve Pierce and Thurston counties. The Tacoma Link light rail is posed to expand from the urban core to the Stadium and Hilltop neighborhoods. We taxpayers are paying $133 million for this Link expansion.

Why are we taxpayers paying for a Class A, $90 million building that is not accessible to all the citizens

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TRANSIT: Tacoma plan doesn’t further vision

Re: “The vision: Light rail throughout the region” (editorial, 11-16).

While reading you editorial urging completion of the light rail system to Tacoma and Everett (Lakewood also), I kept thinking about the current Tacoma segment linking downtown to the Tacoma Dome.

I recall reading of the recent public planning exercise that seemed to endorse extension of the Tacoma segment from its northerly terminus up the recently rebuilt Stadium Way to connect the hospitals to downtown.

Could the resources for this project be redirected to an extension from the Dome towards Fife, Federal Way and Sea-Tac Airport? A current project

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TACOMA: Stadium Way to be torn up again?

Re: “Board officially OKs route for Link expansion” (TNT, 2-28).

I see that the Sound Transit board will put the extension for the Link light rail route on newly improved Stadium Way. The citizens are owed an explanation for why hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on a new road just to be torn up before it has had enough time to settle.

If the taxpayer-funded, newly completed Stadium Way is to be shredded, I want to know who would allow such a blatant waste of taxpayer funds.


TRANSIT: South Sound needs strong advocates

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

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SOUND TRANSIT: More poor planning for South Sound commuters

If I could elect to opt-out of paying my Regional Transit Tax (RTA) when I renew my vehicle tabs each year, I would. That appears to be the only way to let Sound Transit know it is failing to meet the needs of the commuter and getting more cars off the road.

Sound Transit is proudly announcing the addition of a Sounder train from Lakewood to Seattle for the new fall schedule. Isn’t it great? Instead of catching a 6:36 a.m. train from Lakewood, you can actually sleep 10 more minutes and catch the new 6:46 a.m. departure. Wow!


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LINK: Mayor should stand up for Tacoma

Re: “Link riders blast plan to charge passengers” (TNT, 9-20).

Only in Tacoma would the mayor side with an establishment board trying to extort more money from its underserved residents.

If the mayor of the largest city in the South Sound doesn’t support our region on the Sound Transit board, who will? It can only be that she has regional aspirations.

It should be easy for our mayor to support the current fare structure. Just have her pull out her calculator and add up the billions and follow the map, and it is clear to see we did not

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SUMNER: Charging to park is no solution

Re: “Sound Transit will charge to use park-and-ride lots” (TNT, 7-29).

The so-called parking problem at the Sumner Sound Transit station would be eliminated if Sound Transit would enforce no parking restrictions on hose not using the train or bus services.

What benefit does Sound Transit receive by allowing van- and car-poolers to park in their lot in Sumner? Absolutely none. So now they want the people, who actually use the bus and train services, to pay for the right to park in their lot, in addition to paying for the train or bus ride.

Sound Transit’s rationale is

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