Still visiting the Pacific Northwest today and I am decidedly aghast at the future plans for “Bus plan calls for tax” as the headline in the Sunday “The News Tribune” newspaper. If you have never commuted to and from work in the Seattle area by way of your own vehicle, you have not experienced the great parking lot of morning and evening Washington highways. Been there, done that just over 7 years ago. I learned quickly that the Sounder and Bus System was the way to go. Mornings I could prep and detail my strategy for the day and plan and tweak plans for the week on public transportation. In the evenings, I could unwind before arriving home, much to the appreciation of my husband and children.
In the last seven years, it does not appear to have lightened any in the traffic flow and the Sounder has increased ridership, scheduled trips and extension of routes. But what about the Bus System? Locals you best get involved or you may lose your ride, pay through the nose, or begin your parking lot ride all over again. Grab your Java and get involved here:
What: Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners meeting.
When: 4 p.m. Monday.
Where: Rainier Room, Pierce Transit Training Center, 3720 96th St. S.W., Lakewood.
Open to the public? Yes.
On the agenda: Consideration of plans for service changes, including one that would dramatically curtail routes and a second that would basically preserve service. Board members may vote to put a sales tax increase from 0.6 percent to 0.9 percent on the Feb. 8 ballot to pay for the expanded-service option.