Transit in Pierce County is in crisis. Due to the out-dated way the state funds bus service, Pierce Transit has a 35% deficit it must balance.
Unfortunately, Pierce Transit plans on balancing its budget by cutting the heaviest used routes the most.
In other words, Pierce Transit is becoming less efficient and, as a result, workers, students, senior citizens, and people with disabilities will needlessly be left without bus service. This is wrong.
The top three bus routes---the #1, 2, and 3---carry 60% of the Pierce Transit's riders. But the agency plans to cut the routes 30 to 39 percent, eliminating service for more riders on these routes than any other route.
In February, the voters nearest to the heavily-used routes strongly supported Prop 1 to save our buses. The voters farthest away that use the buses the least voted against Prop 1. Why should those who supported Prop 1 now suffer the most?
- Monday, April 11, 4-6pm, Lakewood
- Monday, April 19, 4-6pm, Gig Harbor
- Thursday, April 21, 5-7pm, Tacoma
- Monday, April 25, 4-6pm, Puyallup
- Thursday, April 28, 5:30-7:30pm, Bonney Lake
This Monday's public hearing in Lakewood is the most important. The Pierce Transit Board of Directors will be on hand and may direct agency staff to make changes to their proposal.
RSVP today. We'll follow-up with directions and key talking points.