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City of Bonney Lake Wants Your Thoughts on Transit Service

As the city is no longer a part of the Pierce Transit service district as of October 2012, leaders want to hear from you in assessing interest in alternative transportation services.

The city of Bonney Lake was officially removed from the Pierce Transit service district in October 2012 and wants you to help determine what might come next.

According to a press release issued by the city this week, several East Pierce cities no longer within Pierce Transit's service district are also looking into transportation alternatives for its citizens. (Here is a similar survey distributed by the city of Sumner for its citizens.) While that big-picture exploration continues, residents of Bonney Lake are invited to participate in a survey to share your thoughts on what public transportation services you would like and just as importantly, what you would use.

The lack of ridership was pointed out by State Sen. Pam Roach during a recent town hall meeting in Bonney Lake when City Councilmembers James Rackley and Tom Watson shared their concern about how the absence of transportation services was affecting not just city residents but those living on the greater Plateau.

The removal of Bonney Lake from the transit district means city residents have seen a half-cent reduction in the local sales tax rate, where that revenue had been used in Pierce Transit's operating revenue. The survey also asks what residents might be willing to pay for such an alternative service.

Click here to take the survey online: www.surveymonkey.com/s/BLTransitSurvey.

Printed copies of the survey are also available at all City facilities.

Kaedy Nelson February 06, 2013 at 05:23 AM
The City of Sumner also has a transportation survey. The link is on the city's website.
Lauren Padgett February 06, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Thanks Kaedy! We decided to keep the two city surveys in separate articles, so stay tuned for Sumner-specific information on the future of transportation!
Todd February 27, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Let me get this right...there aren't enough riders so Pierce Transit cuts back on routes. Buckley, Sumner- BL, Orting, DuPont, etc. residents don't like paying for bus service they are getting, so they vote to cut tax support for Pierce Transit. Pierce Transit responses by threatening to cut Vanpool Service to the same areas (decision to be made Mar 11th). So now, Sumner's response it to create their own bus service, in the same low service, unsupported area, with bight shiny new buses and maintenance and administration? That sounds like a huge hole and throw money in. Why not just reopen negotiations with Pierce Transit, change fares, create an assistance program, something. Why reinvent the wheel that went flat. Fix the wheel!

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