Pierce Transit making big service cuts

Pierce Transit making big service cuts
LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- Thanks to the failure of controversial Prop 1, Pierce Transit will soon cut its service by a whopping 34 percent.

The Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Monday night directing staff to implement the service reductions at the end of September.

The massive cuts come after voters narrowly defeated Prop 1. Pierce Transit had asked voters to pitch in 3 cents for every $10 spent for a new tax that would keep buses rolling at night and on weekends. The proposition failed by 704 votes.

"We understand these reductions will deeply impact thousands in our communities," Tacoma Mayor and Pierce Transit Board Chair Marilyn Strickland said in a Monday night news release. "This was a difficult decision. Reducing service in September allows our riders time to make plans in advance and the agency to provide stable service."

Monday's vote means Pierce Transit will cut 142,000 of its current 417,000 annual service hours. Elements of the reduction plan include the elimination of weekend and holiday service, as well as cutting route 62 in northeast Tacoma. Weekday service will also be reduced in the evenings and midday.

The full plan will be released to the public soon, according to the board.