Election Results Certified; Pierce Transit Tax Increase Fails

November Election results certified today show that voters did not approve Pierce Transit’s Prop 1 for a sales and tax use increase, resulting in deep cuts to public transportation.

By a slim margin of just 704 votes, Pierce Transit’s Proposition 1 failed to pass in the November general election.

In the end, 100,943 Pierce County citizens voted against Prop 1, totaling 50.17 percent of the vote. (A total of 100,239 citizens voted for Pierce Transit's tax increase, at 49.83 percent).

Without the 0.3 percent revenue increase for the regional agency, Pierce Transit officials have some hard choices to make and plan to generally reduce 53 percent of services by 2014.

According to Pierce Transit, 35,737 people ride the buses daily. Now that Prop 1 has failed, officials believe the number of riders will drop to 21,000 every day.

Pierce Transit has said Prop 1's failure would bring about the following changes:

  • Elimination of Saturday and Sunday service for buses and paratransit service for people with disabilities
  • No service on holidays
  • No service past 7 p.m.
  • Longer wait times – buses arrive less often
  • No restoration of special express service to events like the Puyallup Fair and the Fourth of July Freedom Fair

If you're a regular transit rider, visit the Pierce Transit website for more information to changes in specific routes.

How do you feel about the cuts in public transportation, now that the election results are finalized? Tell us in the comments.

Erika November 28, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Since 2007 we have all learned to get along with less. I think the handful of voters that were "allowed" to vote on this let Pierce Transit know that it's time they did too. The scare tactics used on this were uncalled for and backfired on them. Every day there are empty buses roving aroung Pierce County. Why not eliminate some of the trip frequency or switch to smaller buses. I don't get subsidized for my vehicle, why should Pierce Transit be subsidized for theirs? Cutting services is their way on trying to ensure that next year they get the money they want instead of making due with what they have.
Lloyd Keckler November 28, 2012 at 02:01 AM
why cut the buses and routes that people count on espically workers and disable when they could raise the fair or the advertising they do. there is no excuse for this other than money. face it you got a job do it quit being greedy. Lloyd
Danielle Chavez November 28, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I agree. Become more efficient, raise the fares even a small amount, make reasonable reductions in service. In October they cut the 402 service from Walmart on Pacific all the way to Fred Meyers on 176th, eliminating a vital service to an entire community, as part of their "scare tactics." Well they scared themselves into irrelevance! Work smarter, not more costly Transit!
john November 28, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I agree with Danille on this work smarter not harder as far as budgets go. been there and seen stupidty.
Ed Grubbs November 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Increase the rates


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