No on Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976
On the November 5th ballot, Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976 would devastate our already strained transportation system by cutting funding for road and transit projects from Spokane to Seattle, Bremerton to Zillah and all points in between.
In Washington State, 12.8 percent of our population has a disability that impacts our ability to access transportation. Of those of us with travel-limiting disabilities, only one-fifth of us who are working age report working full or part time. A big part of this is because of the barriers we face in transportation access.
I-976 Impacts: “I wouldn’t be able to get where I need to go”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 … Continued
I-976 Impacts: “I take Access Transit everywhere”Gina was a proud rider of the #158 bus from Kent to her job at The Lighthouse for the Blind in Seattle. She is blind as well, and says, “Transit brings me the freedom to travel anywhere I need to travel. It brings me independence. I don’t depend on someone to drive me.” Since retirement, … Continued
Corey & Matthew: It’s Not Possible To Be Independent Without A Public Transit SystemCorey and Matthew teach other blind people mobility and independence skills. Hear why they think Tim Eyman’s I-976 will hurt our communities.
Jonah: Without Transit, My Mom Would Have to Drive MeJonah lives in Spokane and relies on public transit. Hear why he thinks Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976 is such a bad deal for Washington.
Luke: Transit Gets Me from Point A to Point BLuke is a student in Tacoma and uses the bus to get to school and to be involved in disability advocacy. Don’t let Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976 stop Luke from getting where he needs to go!
I-976 Impacts: “My life is built on transit”Tracy grew up in a rural town in upstate New York with no transit options. As a person with low vision, Tracy can’t drive or ride a bike, so she relied on her friends and family to get around. When Tracy moved to Seattle in 2001, it was the first time she could get around … Continued
Amandeep: With Transit, The Things I Want to Do, I Can DoAmandeep moved to Lynwood five years ago from India. Thanks to public transit, she now has the opportunity to go to school and start a career. Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976 could take that away.
Program Director Anna Zivarts’ Statement On Washington’s Initiative 976Nearly 13 percent of people in Washington State have mobility-limiting disabilities. Many of us don’t have driver’s licenses, or access to a car. It’s not just disabled folks who are transit dependent – it’s also our youth, our elders, immigrants and people who can’t afford cars. Transit for us isn’t a choice, it’s an absolutely … Continued
Krystal: Transportation Provides IndependenceKrystal relies on transit to get to the Lakewood Center. If Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976 passes, she could be stuck at home.