Friday, October 15, 2010

Save Our Buses Campaign in Pierce County is LIVE

I have been working hard over the last few weeks with a dedicated group of volunteers and community leaders to get the Save our Buses campaign up and running in Pierce County.

Similar to many transit agencies across the state and nation Pierce Transit is facing a drastic funding crisis due to a precipitous drop in sales tax revenues.  Despite significant cuts in staff and service, Pierce Transit will be forced to cut service by a drastic 35% percent if new revenue is not secured.

The Pierce Transit Board has decided to ask voters for a small sales tax increase of 0.3% to SAVE OUR BUSES in Pierce County.  For only three pennies on every 10 dollars spent voters will be able to save drastic cuts to transit service, which will disproportionally hurt our residents who need transit service most.

If Proposition One Does Not Pass Next February:

  • All of the frequent service in the system will be reduced from 15 minute headways to 30-45 minute headways making it incredibly difficult for working families to catch the bus to work.
  • Weekend service will be drastically slashed with minimum of 60 minute headways across most of the system; this will severely hinder transportation access for our elderly and low-income residents.
  • Service in many outlying areas of the County will be eliminated as will SHUTTLE service for disabled people, leaving thousands of residents stranded without any alternatives.

    The Save Our Buses campaign needs your help.  They have launched a great website, are registered with the PDC, accepting online donations and up are on Twitter and Facebook.

    Also Mayor Strickland and Councilmember Terry Lee have agreed to Co-Chair the campaign!

    Our Twitter Handle is: @Save_our_Buses

    What Can you do to Help?
    • DONATE!  Every campaign needs the financial resources to get its message out.  Please consider making even a small contribution to the campaign, which you can do online or by mailing us a check to"Save our Buses, PO Box 735, Tacoma, WA, 98401-0735 
    • SIGN UP for our listserve to get updates about the campaign, please send us an e-mail at with your contact information.  The campaign will need your help down the stretch getting the world out. 
    • TELL YOUR FRIENDS: Share THIS blog post, invite your friends on Facebook and help get the work out about this important campaign

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