When I was 14, I got a youth bus pass for my birthday. I got to see parts of Tacoma that I had never seen before, like Proctor and Old Town. I was free to go to the local library at will, without needing to ask my parents for a ride.
When I was a little older, I did Running Start at Tacoma Community College, where I took college classes for free. Thanks to frequent midday bus service, I was able to attend both high school and college classes each day. I wasn’t the only young person doing this. After …