Pierce Transit is kicking off the second of nine Proposition 1 Open Houses across Pierce County tonight to inform the public about the proposition and what will happen either if it passes for fails. PT press release below:

Lakewood, WA – Pierce Transit will be hosting eight more informational Open Houses for the public, regarding Proposition 1 at locations around the Pierce Transit service area. Facts and information about Proposition 1 can also be found online www.piercetransit.org.
Locations and dates of the eight remaining Pierce Transit Proposition 1 Open Houses (please note the change in location for South Tacoma on October 15):

Lakewood
Tuesday, September 18th from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Pierce Transit (Rainier/St Helens rooms)
3720 96th St SW, Lakewood, WA
Hosted by: PT Commissioner Don Anderson
Served by Routes 48, 300

Gig Harbor
Wednesday, September 19thfrom 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Gig Harbor Civic Center (Council Chambers)
3510 Grandview Street, Gig Harbor, WA
Hosted by: PT Commissioner Derek Young
Served by Route 100

Tacoma (first of two meetings)
Thursday, September 20th from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Tacoma Municipal Building (Council Chambers – 1st floor)
747 Market Street, Tacoma, WA
Hosted by: PT Board Chair Marilyn Strickland
Served by routes serving Commerce Street

South Hill
Monday, September 24th from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
South Hill Library
15420 Meridian E., Puyallup, WA
Hosted by: PT Commissioner Pat McCarthy
Served by Route 402

Fife/Milton/Edgewood
Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Mill Ridge Village
607 28th Ave., Milton, WA 98354
Hosted by: PT Commissioner Glenn Hull
Served by Routes 402, 501

Puyallup / Downtown
Wednesday, October 10th from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Puyallup Library (North Room)
324 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA
Hosted by: PT Commissioner Steve Vermillion
Served by Routes 409, 402

South Tacoma- NEW LOCATION
Monday, October 15th from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Edison Elementary School
5830 S. Pine St., Tacoma, WA
Hosted by: PT Commissioner Jake Fey
Served by Routes 3, 53, 56

Parkland / Spanaway
Tuesday, October 16th from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Parkland Library
13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma, WA
Hosted by: PT Commissioner Rick Talbert
Served by Route 1

Registered SHUTTLE customers may obtain specialized transportation to and from an Open House by calling SHUTTLE at 253-581-8100 from one to five days in advance of the Open House.

6 Replies to “Second Pierce Transit Prop. 1 Open Houses Tonight”

  1. If you’re going to vote for Prop. 1; go to the open house.

    If you’re going to vote against Prop. 1; go to the open house.

    If you’re going to abstain from voting on Prop. 1; go to the open house.

    I think that these open houses are wonderful ways to learn a little more about public transportation, tax monies, how communities function, and many other things, whatever your interests and thoughts are.

  2. Okay, I want to start by saying I support Proposition 1.

    That having been said… I need to know why they (PT) are going scorched-earth if the tax doesn’t pass (It is not assured to pass this time, the Chamber makes a very strong argument for voting no).

    I live where the tax rate for transit is .6 percent. Fixed route buses run during the daytime 6am-630pm Monday-Friday, and most of the system also runs on Saturdays from 8am-630pm. After those hours, there is a subcontracted demand-response service that has run since 1994. This service currently is funded to provide rides from 7pm to 1230am Monday-Saturday, and is generally budgeted to provide rides with 60 minutes notice. The system is looking to expand in the near-to-mid future, as the budget reserves allow.

    Now, enlighten me as to how Pierce Transit, with a service area population of 350k+ feels their service will need to be so heavily cut back. The system is not properly scaled, there is too much staffing in management. There is the expressed desire to continue operating Sound Transit contracted services, which require a fair amount of oversight, and significant staffing levels 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

    I’m going to pose these thoughts to Ms. Griffiths at some point in time, and hope she feels like responding rather than what the pro-transit vote group has done, which has been to delete any thoughts I had on the subject.

    Brian Bradford
    Kennewick, WA

    1. Thanks Brian. You ask some excellent questions, but I’m a bit puzzled. Are you really from Kennewick (near Pasco), or live/work in the PT service area, not that it matters that much.
      I should think the contract amount paid by ST to PT would cover all operating and admin costs, otherwise, somebody screwed up. Of course the other way of looking at that is “its worth some negative cash flow to have ST pay for all the service we used to run into Seattle at a huge loss”.
      Anyone know what the thought process is down south?

      1. Yeah, I live in Kennewick, about a mile from KeHS and city hall.

        I’ve lived in Tacoma in the past, and used to hold PT in high esteem.

        PT has a very interesting history as pertains to service expansion and contraction.

  3. ST Contact is a dollar in dollar out and it does not cost PT more.

    Brian, you are comparing apples to oranges. You can not compare the States 2nd largest County to Kennewick.

    The would be needed due to the boundary cut. The cut of the 5 cities will cost the agency nearly 8 million dollars annually. In addition the revenues of the agency have continued to slide. Sales tax, unlike a lot of areas in the state, have not recovered in Pierce County.

    1. Optimal management structure if sales tax fails:
      1. General Manager
      a. GM Assistant
      b. Administrative Services Supervisor (IT, Financial Accounting, Purchasing)
      2. Operations Manager
      a. Fixed Route Operations Supervisor
      b. Paratransit Operations Supervisor
      3. Maintenance Manager
      a. Procurement Supervisor
      b. Maintenance Supervisor
      4. Special Projects and Planning Manager
      a. ST Supervisor
      b. Service Planning Supervisor

      Of course, what am I saying, my opinion is meaningless, I live 250 miles away from Tacoma.

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