As I wrote yesterday, service cuts for Pierce and Community Transit are in the news – CT will stop service entirely on Sundays unless emergency funding can be found. For bicyclists who also depend on transit, new bike racks on buses and the new Swift bus-rapid transit service will be of little consolation if service hours are cut so drastically.
Seattle Transit Blog has the scoop on two things you can do to support transit service. In short, while transit agencies are facing a massive revenue shortfall, the state Senate passed another bill to open transit lanes to private vehicles. The only chance to stop this measure is for Governor Gregoire to veto this section of the bill.
And Rep. Marko Liias is making a valiant effort to keep a pro-transit amendment alive, despite opposition from Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee.
Gutting our public transit in this way smacks of the Bush administration ruling that prohibited local transit agencies like Metro from increasing service hours for sporting events when a private company could theoretically do so.
As anyone who travels to Safeco or Qwest fields can attest, private services did not materialize after Metro service was removed, and thousands of people who would have used buses were stuck on congested roads and searching for parking at exorbitant prices.
Let’s not make the same mistake. Head here to take action for forward-thinking transportation.