By Lars Erickson, Public Relations Officer, Pierce Transit
Lakewood, WA – Following the outcome of Proposition 1, Pierce Transit CEO, Lynne Griffith said, “While I am disappointed the voters did not approve Proposition 1, I remain proud of all Pierce Transit employees. They have a well deserved national reputation of being some of the best in the public transportation industry. I am grateful for their commitment to serving our communities.
We will wait for all the votes to be counted before analyzing yesterday’s election. We know current economic conditions continue to present challenges for families and businesses across the region. It was a difficult time to ask for an increase in sales tax.
Our Board of Commissioners will be meeting at the end of the month to discuss the results of the election and determine the best way to move forward at our current funding level. The reduction plan that was developed with extensive public outreach over the last year includes service cuts of approximately 35 percent.
With nearly 50,000 passenger trips on an average weekday and over 1,500 SHUTTLE rides for people with disabilities, we are committed to keeping our riders informed and involved in the coming weeks and months.
We will continue to seek further cost cutting measures, building on the nearly $90 million we’ve already cut, to meet the challenges of this severe economic recession.”