Friday, April 15, 2011

Intercity Transit Authority Seeks Comment on Impacts to Express Service

The Intercity Transit Authority invites comment on the impact of the proposed cuts to Olympia-Tacoma Express service. Intercity Transit is not cutting its service. However, Pierce Transit is proposing 50 percent cuts from its Olympia-Tacoma Express trips (8 of 16 trips). The Pierce service cuts, which would impact Intercity Transit customers as well as Pierce rider, come as a result of the failed Pierce Transit sales tax measure and are proposed to happen sooner (June instead of October) due to the recent loss of Pierce Transit's compressed natural gas fueling plant.

Intercity Transit's opportunity to comment is occurring now through a public hearing on Wednesday, April 20 at 5:30pm at its business office, 526 Pattison Street SE in Olympia. If you use transit to get to the hearing, you can ride routes 62A, 62B, and 66.

Call the Comment Line: If you cannot attend the public hearing, submit your comments over our telephone comment line at 360-705-5852. Please leave your comment for consideration by 4 p.m. on April 20, 2011.

Send an E-mail: You can also e-mail your comment to Please send your comment for consideration by 4 p.m. on April 20, 2011.

Pierce Transit also has a comment period under way:

While encouraging public comment and considering the impacts of Pierce Transit cuts to commuters - especially those who regularly use the Olympia-Tacoma Express service - Intercity Transit staff is also exploring the feasibility of vanpool service to help mitigate the loss in bus trips and help ensure people can continue to get to their jobs.

In addition to the public hearing, the Intercity Transit Authority has scheduled a discussion on the above topic. Intercity Transit action on the Olympia-Tacoma Express, if any, is anticipated to occur at the May 4 Authority meeting.

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