“A lot of our students don’t have cars, so they ride that bus to WinCo because it’s cheap,” said Mary Furnari, director of the (ed: WSU) office of international students and scholars.
Furnari said the trek between WinCo and the Kibbie Dome is dangerous during winter months.
“There’s no sidewalk from the [crossing light] until you get to Sixth street,” Furnari said. “In the ice and snow, they’re basically having to tramp up that hill to the Kibbie Dome.”
Rick Sirk, store manager of the Moscow Wal-Mart said he sees this as an opportunity to perform a public service.
“My real motivation in doing it was as a community service,” Sirk said.
Motley said the proximity to shopping will make things easier for people who rely on the bus.So let me get this straight. By not having a Wal-Mart or a competitively-priced grocert store in Pullman, WE ARE BUSSING RETAIL DOLLARS OVER TO MOSCOW. POTENTIALLY $10 MILLION DOLLARS OR MORE WORTH!!
“It’s been inconvenient because kids have had to walk more than a mile to shop,” Motley said.
Sirk acknowledged that the bus stop may improve business at his store, but stressed that placement of the stop would serve a greater need in the community.
Furnari wrote a letter to the mall’s management asking them to reconsider shutting down the stop.
In the letter, she estimated that international students from both universities bring approximately $20 million into the local economy.
She said mall management has yet to respond to her letter.
“It’s a hostile environment when students don’t have cars and are forced to use whatever public transportation we have,” Furnari said.
It has been said that Pullman has two perfectly good grocery stores already. If that were the case, why are international students taking the bus to Moscow and walking over a mile to get to WinCo??? Dissmores and Safeway are both accessible via Pullman Transit. THIS IS LUNACY!! And yet supposedly intelligent and rational people in this community are fighting to the death to allow it to continue.