|The Pierce Transit Bus: An endangered species?|
If you ride the bus in Tacoma or Pierce County your life is about to get a whole lot harder. Yesterday, the Pierce Transit Board approved a resolution calling for a 34% cut to transit service in Pierce County in September 2013. Why so soon? The reasoning behind that is couched in federal policy that requires a lot of public process before the cuts actually take place. There was the option of putting cuts off to February 2014, but it would have entailed a slightly larger amount of cuts at 36%. Broadly speaking here's the damage report: no weekend or holiday service, reduced midday service, reduced span, longer headways (many routes going to 60 to 90, some to 120 (!) minute service).
Pierce Transit Cutbacks by Route
|Click for details about Routes 1-54|
|Details for Routes 55-501|
Tacoma's City Council balks at using TBD Authority for Transit
|Derek Young (Gig Harbor) serves on the Pierce Transit Board|
|Most of Tacoma voted heavily in favor of Proposition 1|
Somehow, both the Pierce Transit Board and the Tacoma City Council are in a frame of mind to think that it's okay to simply cut loose the interests of some of their most vulnerable citizens and to lay them at the mercy of the State Legislature. (?!?!?) Sadly, we will not follow the same path as our brothers and sisters in King County, who saved Metro with a landslide of popular organization, nor will we even go as far as the City of Bellingham and pass a city measure with a TBD to restore Sunday service. No, the most that Tacoma's "progressive" politicians will do to confront this coming humanitarian crisis is rattle a tin can in Olympia for relief.