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Hanford Whistleblower settles into Union President position at Grays Harbor Transit

Ed Bricker

The Grays Harbor Transit Authority last week met their new Union President, Hanford whistleblower Ed Bricker introduced himself at their regular meeting. Bricker became one of theĀ  nuclear industry’s first whistle-blowers in the 1980′s when he worked with Congress to expose health hazards at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a federal facility in Eastern Washington that…

Grays Harbor Transit to offer free bus service for holiday shopping

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor Transit will offer free bus service for holiday shoppers again this year, the Authority’s board approved the schedule this week. Board President Jack Durney supported the service. “This is the time of year that helps a lot of businesses make it into the next year, and some of our revenue comes from sales tax so it looks like a good way to prime the pump.”
The Grays Harbor Transit Authority will offer free rides anywhere in Grays Harbor from December 18th through the 24th, However unlike previous years, the busses no longer run on weekends and will not be running on that weekend either.
General Manager Mark Carlin told the board at their last meeting that the lost revenue from offering the ‘free rides’ would be about $5,000 (mostly in quarters).

Grays Harbor voters supporting local levies, Transit, in November General election

MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor voters have shown strong support for a sales tax increase for Grays Harbor Transit to upright an $800-thousand budget deficit, and for incumbent Port Commissioner Chuck Caldwell. The Grays Harbor County Auditor’s office reports just over 38% voter turnout. With more ballots to be counted results will be certified on November 26th.

In Aberdeen, incumbent councils Denny Lawrence and Kathy Hoder both have strong leads, Alice Phelps leads with closer to 56%, South side incumbent John Smith is trailing by 11 votes to challenger Tawni Andrews.
Recently appointed Alan Richrod is loosing to the familiar name of the late John Erak, Richrod was appointed in June, after Erak passed away. If Erak wins the election posthumously , the council will have to appoint someone.

Toppling incumbents In Hoquiam, challenger Richard Pennant leads by 9 votes over councilman John Weidl, Denise Anderson leads over incumbent Brenda Carlstrom, but Councilman Greg Grun holds a strong lead to keep his seat.

In Westport, challenger Rob Bearden is toppling councilwoman Desiree Dodson.

In Ocean Shores, Jackie Farra retains her seat, while Gordon Broadbent leads for the position 7 seat vacated by Ed Engel.

As we reported in August, the vote to support a .01% sales tax increase for the Grays Harbor Transit Authority will NOT restore weekend service to the area immediately. 

Vote YES on Grays Harbor Transit (Part 2) Transportation Authority Proposition No. 1

Vote YES on Grays Harbor Transit (Part 1) Transportation Authority Proposition No. 1

Grays Harbor Transit adds runs for park and ride college students

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor College students are being encouraged to park and ride when classes begin at the Aberdeen campus on Monday (9/23). Jane Goldberg with the college tells us due to on-going construction activities, access to some parking areas of the upper campus is limited and students will be directed to the lower parking areas.

Working with Grays Harbor Transit, regularly scheduled transit buses will add two new bus stops in the lower parking area and shuttle students up to the upper campus and back for free. Students will need to show their GHC student ID when boarding the shuttle.

UPDATE: Sword-wielding man arrested in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen police department has arrested their sword-wielding man, after he was caught on camera last Tuesday swinging a 12 inch blade at the Grays Harbor Transit bus station. The 23 year old Port Angelas man was reported swinging a samurai sword in the Wal-Mart parking lot Friday afternoon. Police Captain John Green tells us he, and two other Lewis County men, were taken into custody on various charges, the sword was recovered from their vehicle.

Sword-wielding man caught on camera threatening bus patron in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Police are searching for a sword-wielding 23 year old man from Port Angeles, after he threatened a patron at the Grays Harbor Transit mall in Aberdeen Tuesday afternoon.
Police Captain John Green tells us they were called to the Park and Ride at 320 E. Wishkah St to the report of unlawful display of a weapon just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. 
A 37 year old Westport man told officers that when he tried to tell a group of people that they were parked in the “bus only” lot, one of the men in the car charged him with the sword. Green said surveillance video confirmed the report, and the suspects fled in a white car.

The Aberdeen Police have been in contact with the suspect and the investigation is continuing.

Last weekend to catch the bus in Grays Harbor

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Today begins the last weekend of transit service for Grays Harbor. Despite the need to drum up support for a sales tax increase on the November ballot, after the Labor Day weekend, Grays Harbor Transit will eliminate weekends, holidays, transfers, and the route to Centralia, but keeping the College Sticker Program for students.
The transit will ask the public for a .01% sales tax increase on the November countywide ballot to upright an $800-thousand budget deficit. General Manager Mark Carlin says if the tax passes it will return them to a state-approved budget. He hoped to see a return to weekend service by 2015.

Last weekend of service for Grays Harbor Transit, new schedule September 2

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Big changes on the bus take effect next Monday, and this is the last weekend of service from Grays Harbor Transit. Effective September 2nd, the main line is eliminating weekends, holidays, transfers, and the route to Centralia, but keeping the College Sticker Program for students.

General Manager Mark Carlin told the Transit Authority last month that the cuts will correct an $800-thousand budget deficit “We just feel that eliminating weekends will affect the least amount of customers.”

The transit will as the public for a .01% sales tax increase on the November countywide ballot. Carlin says if it passes it will return them to a state-approved budget. He hoped to see a return to weekend service by 2015.

Grays Harbor Transit to cut special shuttle service after FTA warning

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor Transit is dropping another service to the community, this time it’s not their decision. General Manager Mark Carlin asked a specialist with the Department of Transportation recently if they were jeopardizing their funding by offering shuttle services for events like the Festival of Lights in Montesano “The answer to that is “Yes” they gave me a stern warning that any shuttle service we provide has to be along the currently established route.” Carlin said he’ll be contacting cities that have used the service in the past “Really there’s, there’s just really not a lot that we’re going to be able to do for people anymore.”
Federal public transportation grants make up 14% of the transit’s annual budget, which could be lost if the Federal Transportation Authority were to cite them for continuing to offer the services.

Grays Harbor Transit to keep bus pass program for GHC students

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor Transit will keep the student bus pass program for college students. Grays Harbor College President Ed Brewster pled with the transit authority last night, “We can do some more…” He said the college provides the passes to about 500 students per quarter, saving them on monthly passes. “If you make the change to cancel those all together, where students have to get a monthly pass, that could be as much as $80 per quarter.”
After board president Jack Durney broke the tie, the transit authority adopted a motion to increase the fee from 30 to $45 per quarter, per student, and to keep the bus pass program. Board members Frank Gordon and Wes Cormier both agreed that sanctions to one entity could encourage more to ask for special treatment.
The first day of class at the college is September 23rd, the program was set to expire when reductions in service take effect on September 1st.

Grays Harbor Transit cuts weekend service

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Grays Harbor Transit will be cutting weekend service, and asking the public for a .01% sales tax increase to correct an $800-thousand budget deficit. “The option entails laying off 8 employees.” General Manager Mark Carlin told the Transit Authority at a special meeting last night, the option uprights an $80-thousand monthly deficit when the changes go into effect September third. “We just feel that eliminating weekends will affect the least amount of customers.
Four full time runs will be removed, as well as service to Centralia and eight hours of SVS service Monday through Friday. Employees include six drivers, one maintenance person and one part time customer service person.

The Authority last night also adopted a resolution that places a request on the November countywide ballot, asking for a .01% sales tax increase. Carlin says if it passes it will return them to a state-approved budget. He hoped to see a return to weekend service by 2015.

Grays Harbor Transit stalls on budget decisions that could affect service, rates, and sales tax

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Transit last night tabled a decision on cuts to service, as the board works to correct an $800-thousand budget deficit.
A sales tax increase could still make the ballot, but board president, and Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney said last night “the issue you come back to is what happens if the ballot doesn’t pass? What do we do between now and then?
A sales tax increase of .2% would fill the budget gap twice, but would take 8 months to a year before they’d see funding.
General Manager Mark Carlin said he would craft a contingency plan if the vote was placed on the ballot and failed in November.  The Transit Authority needs to cut 8 employees, and decide on cutting weekend bus runs, or portions of the 7-day schedule -along with raising rates.
After a heated discussion last night between several board members, the vote was tabled and a special meeting planned for 5pm July 17th at the transit’s main office.