I just returned from our meeting on Pierce Transit Board representation. This process was necessitated by the reduction of their service area. We have decided to make a change in the board’s composition.
Currently the 9 seats on the Pierce Transit board are divided as follows: Tacoma 3, Pierce County, Lakewood 1, Puyallup & UP share a seat, and the remaining cities share 1.
The new configuration will be Tacoma 2, Pierce County 2, Lakewood 1, Puyallup 1, UP 1, Fife/Milton/Edgewood 1, remaining cities 1.
The hope is to reach out to as much of the service area as possible while also recognizing that Tacoma is both the transportation and economic hub of the county. It also has the largest number of people who are dependent upon transit.
This entire process has been, at least in my eyes, about making the organization sustainable and hopefully improve the quality of service to its customers. But there also is an element I think of trying to instill more trust in Pierce Transit all across its service area. This feels like a big step in that direction.
That trust is also a two way street. The larger jurisdictions will need to have faith in us to do the right thing so I hope we can all show that kind of regional approach.