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Pierce Transit schedules public meetings on service cuts

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on March 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm with No Comments »
March 4, 2013 4:30 pm

Pierce Transit will have the first in a series of nine meetings Wednesday to inform the public about a 28-percent cut in service starting in late September.

The first meeting will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Rainier Room of the Pierce Transit Training Center, 3720 96th St. S.W., Lakewood.

Meetings are scheduled through April 9. They will take place at the University of Washington Tacoma, in Northeast Tacoma, Parkland-Spanaway, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, and University Place.

Pierce Transit plans to cut back its annual service hours from 417,000 to 300,000 as a result of the defeat of a proposed sales tax increase last year. Pierce Transit’s board won’t take a vote to implement the reductions until June.

People can submit written comments at any of the community information meetings. Pierce Transit announced the meetings Feb. 11. For more information, visit www.piercetransit.org.

Here’s today’s news release:

LAKEWOOD, WA – Beginning this Wednesday, Pierce Transit will host nine “Community Information Meetings” for the public regarding details of the service reductions scheduled for late September 2013. Cuts in service are due to the loss of Proposition 1 in November 2012. Pierce Transit currently operates 417,000 annual service hours. Once the service reduction plan is implemented, Pierce Transit will operate 300,000 annual hours, a 28% cut.

Locations and dates of the nine meetings:

Wednesday, March 6th 12 – 2PM
Pierce Transit Training Center (Rainier Room)
3720 96th St SW, Lakewood
Served by Routes 48, 300

Thursday, March 7th
Two meeting times to choose from:
• 11AM – 1PM
• 6 – 7:30PM
William W. Phillip Hall (Jane Russell Commons)
1918 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
Served by Routes 1, 48, 53, ST 590 (Northbound),
ST 594, ST Link light rail

Wednesday, March 13th 4 – 6PM
Northeast Tacoma Police Substation
4731 Norpoint Way NE, Tacoma
Served by Route 62

Monday, March 18th 5 – 7PM
Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library
13718 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma
Served by Route 1

Thursday, March 19th 11AM – 1PM
Puyallup Library (North Room)
324 S Meridian, Puyallup
Served by Routes 400, 402, 409

Wednesday, March 20th 5 – 7PM
Gig Harbor Civic Center (Council Chambers)
3510 Grandview St, Gig Harbor
Served by Route 100

Tuesday, March 26th 5:30 – 7:30PM
Puyallup Library (North Room)
324 S Meridian, Puyallup
Served by Routes 400, 402, 409

Tuesday, April 9th 6 – 7:30PM
University Place Library
3609 Market PL W, Ste 100
University Place
Served by Route 2

Almost all Pierce Transit routes will be affected. The primary impacts of the proposed service reductions are:

Reduced local bus service:
· 36 routes operating 1250 daily trips
· Limited service after 7:30PM
· Limited service during mid-day

· 25 routes operating 456 trips
· Limited service after 7PM
· Limited service during mid-day

· 17 routes operating 271 trips
· Limited service after 7PM
· Limited service during mid-day

· Service will be eliminated on or around the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
· Elimination of Route 62, and SHUTTLE, which serves Northeast Tacoma.
· No restoration of special service to events like the Washington State Fair (Puyallup Fair).

SHUTTLE USERS: As per federal ADA regulations, SHUTTLE paratransit service for eligible people with disabilities operates during the same days and times as bus service. As bus service is reduced or eliminated, SHUTTLE service will also be reduced or eliminated.

Detailed service reduction plan information is available online at www.piercetransit.org, or by calling customer service at 253-581-8000. A public hearing on implementation of the service reduction plan is scheduled for the May 13, 2013 Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners meeting.

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