Beginning June 12, some big changes will be coming to Pierce Transit. The local bus service in Puyallup and the rest of Pierce County will be suffering a budget cut of 20 percent with more to possibly come before the end of the year.
On Feb 28, temporary reduced service began for all bus routes after a fire at a natural gas refueling station for buses.
However, this fire had much longer impacts on the service and was listed as one of the main reasons service would be reduced at the May 9 board meeting.
“Everyone who depends on public transportation is affected by these cuts, no matter what the scenario. It is extremely difficult to make these decisions but rest assured that we will do our best with the resources we have available to us,” board chair Claudia Thomas said at a recent board meeting.
Pierce Transit officials said the new bus schedules will be similar to the schedules that occurred during the natural gas fire. Popular routes such as the ones to Pierce College will be impacted less compared to lesser traveled routes around the county.
An updated schedule will be available at www.piercetransit.org. Here students can find how the service will directly impact their routes as service changes.
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