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Pierce Transit Board Selects Service Reduction Plan
January 14th, 2013
LAKEWOOD, WA - After lengthy consideration, the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners on Monday evening passed a resolution directing staff to implement service reductions on September 29, 2013. The 34 percent cut in service is due the loss of Proposition 1 in November 2012.
â€œWe understand these reductions will deeply impact thousands in our communities,â€ said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Pierce Transit Board Chair. â€œThis was a difficult decision. Reducing service in September allows our riders time to make plans in advance and the agency to provide stable service.â€
Pierce Transit currently operates 417,000 annual service hours. The revised service plan, with the September implementation, will reduce annual service hours to approximately 275,000. The plan will be made available for riders and the public to review on the agency website shortly. Pierce Transit will distribute information through print materials, open houses, and presentations. Look for information in the coming days regarding agency outreach efforts. A public hearing on the implementation plan will happen in May 2013.
Elements of the reduction plan include elimination of Saturday, Sunday, and holiday service and the route 62 in northeast Tacoma. Primary impacts to weekday service include reductions in service past 7:00 pm and mid-day service (9:00 am - 3:00 pm).