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Options for public transit focus of forum in Tacoma Thursday

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Jan. 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm with No Comments »
January 17, 2013 4:31 pm

Local leaders and regional transit advocates will speak at a forum on public transit Thursday, Jan. 24, in Tacoma.

Speakers will discuss options for public transit in Tacoma and what role the Legislature could play this year. The meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Carwein Auditorium at the University of Washington Tacoma. Two transportation advocacy groups are sponsoring the event.

Pierce Transit’s board voted Monday to cut bus service by 34 percent in September as a result of voters rejecting a sales tax increase to fund service.

Here’s the news release:

What’s Next for Transit? A Panel Discussion
Tacoma, Wash. – On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, from noon to 1 p.m., Downtown On the Go and Transportation Choices Coalition are holding a forum to discuss options for transit with local leaders. This event, hosted by University of Washington Tacoma at Carwein Auditorium, is free and open to the public

Panelists will discuss why transit is necessary for our community and our economy, explore options for public transit in Tacoma and look at what may, or may not, be possible at the state legislature this year. Local leaders and regional transit advocates will discuss where we can focus our advocacy efforts at a state and local level, and how Tacomans can help.

Panelists include:
· Lauren Walker, Tacoma City Council/Pierce Transit Board

· Lars Erickson, Pierce Transit

· Rob Johnson, Transportation Choices Coalition

· Brock Howell, Transportation for Washington
The panel will be moderated by Kristina Walker, Downtown On the Go Manager. Downtown On the Go is the transportation advocate and resource for downtown Tacoma.

The forum is free to the public. RSVP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/491562844220432/
UW Tacoma, Carwein Auditorium (http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/campus-map) is located on numerous local and regional bus routes and Tacoma Link Light Rail.

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