I-976 Impacts: “I wouldn’t be able to get where I need to go”

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Donavan lives in Lakewood and relies on the Puget Sound region’s connected transit system to get around.

“I’m independent and mobile with transit. I can go anywhere without relying on someone.”

Donavan attends brain injury support groups in Bremerton, Puyallup, and Tacoma. Puget Sound’s regional transit network makes this possible.

From Lakewood, Donavan uses Kitsap Transit and the ferries to go to his meetings in Kitsap County, transfers to King County Metro to get to Seattle, and uses Pierce Transit to get to Puyallup or Tacoma.

“I love transit. I’m very comfortable using it. It’s very convenient,” says Donavan. Transit usually gets him around the region on a single transfer and a few dollars, but sometimes he has to wait half an hour to an hour for a connection. “Most of the time it’s convenient, but sometimes it’s delayed. It’s okay because I don’t have any other way to get around and can’t drive.”

Tim Eyman’s I-976 would cut millions of dollars for life-giving services for people with disabilities and seniors, put over a billion dollars for our state ferry system at risk, and cut transit service across our state. I-976 would delay Donavan’s commute or cut important routes and transit services that connect him to critical health services.

“If I-976 impacts transit, it impacts me. I wouldn’t be able to get where I need to go. I rely on transit service to get around.”

Everyone should have the freedom to move and get where they need to go, independently and easily. Vote NO on I-976 to ensure transit access to people who need it most.

Keiko Budech is the communications manager at Transportation Choices Coalition, a policy and advocacy nonprofit working to bring Washingtonians more and better transportation choices. TCC is dedicated to making mobility accessible for all.