by Pierce County Exec. Bruce Dammeier and Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin
Public transit is meant to provide a cost-effective way for people to get from one place to another. It is not intended to serve as lodging or a safe haven to use illicit drugs or alcohol. Increasingly we’re seeing the intended purpose of the system being abused, contributing to unsanitary and unsafe conditions for passengers. This trend is only reinforced by tolerating fare evasion.