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Pro-transit group touts Pierce County supporters

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Aug. 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
August 18, 2011 2:17 pm

As state leaders gear up to devise a new funding strategy for transportation, the group Transportation For Washington is pushing to make sure that recipe includes money for mass transit and growth management.

The coalition, spearheaded by Transportation Choices and Futurewise, has been rolling out lists of supporters, and today announced Pierce County elected officials who back its cause.

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, state Rep. Laurie Jinkins, Tacoma City Council members Ryan Mello Jake Fey and David Boe, Gig Harbor City Councilman Derek Young, Lakewood City Councilwoman Claudia Thomas join a list of officials elsewhere that includes Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown.

The group said the officials have endorsed its core principles, including more tax revenue options for agencies like Pierce Transit:

Empower citizens to fund new local transit service to meet and keep our growing ridership needs, increase people’s access to jobs and destinations, and improve mobility for our state’s most vulnerable citizens.

Establish a stable funding source for state and regional transit grant programs, intercity rail service, and congestion mitigation programs.

Strickland said in a statement: “Transit service connects people to their jobs and gives them an affordable alternative to paying high gas prices. Without stable funding sources for transit, our residents and commuters will be left stranded at the bus stop.”

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