By Lars Erickson, Pierce Transit
LAKEWOOD – Friday the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners met for a day long work session to discuss the agency’s future and when to implement service reductions after the rejection of Prop 1 in November. Federal regulations require a detailed analysis of service reductions and a robust public process, which takes approximately six months. Based on financial updates and staff recommendations, the Board asked staff to prepare detailed timelines and service plans that implement reductions in either September 2013 or February 2014 for review at the January 14, 2013 Board Meeting.
“Pierce Transit is still fighting for our riders and the public. We continue to look for efficiencies, we’re making cuts, and working hard to maintain the highest quality of service possible,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Pierce Transit Board Chair. “Bus service will continue in all of our member jurisdictions.”
“Implementation of cuts in either September 2013 or February 2014 means there will be many public meetings during the first part of the year,” said Lynne Griffith, Pierce Transit CEO. “We hope there is robust public input as these plans go out to communities.”