- Getting Around
Limited Access Connections
Pierce Transit is excited to announce a one-year pilot project funded through FTA’s Mobility On Demand (MOD) Sandbox research grant. Our demonstration project was one of 11 selected from across the nation to help determine how transit agencies might best work with Transportation Networking Companies and other on-demand service providers to benefit riders. We hope to begin the project in late Spring 2017.
These services will increase throughput at stations served by parking-constrained Park & Ride lots, provide connections to existing bus routes, and provide rides home outside of regular service hours. These rides are more cost-effective than fixed route demonstration projects previously executed to meet many of the same needs. This pilot will test another mode to provide transportation services to underserved groups using the latest technology available.
- First/last mile solution: for riders needing transportation to or from transit because their start or end point lies beyond a half-mile from nearest transit access
- Guaranteed ride home: for riders travelling home after transit service has stopped for the night in select zones.
- Commute congestion relief: for riders going to and from crowded Park & Ride lots and Sounder Transit stations during peak commute hours on weekdays.
In most cases, customers will have less than a 20 minute wait for service.
Broad segments of riders will be able to request rides through an app with which they are already familiar.
The accessibility of transit options will also increase.
Accessibility: those without smartphone access or without means to establish a Transportation Network Company (TNC) account, and those who need a wheelchair accessible vehicle will be provided an alternative method with which to access this service.
Zones (descriptions and map below):
- Parkland/Spanaway/University Place: In areas with limited service, provide connection to nearest time point or route to those customers who cannot otherwise reach a bus stop. This will include conditionally eligible paratransit customers who otherwise could not reach traditional fixed route bus services. Pierce Transit will contract to provide wheelchair accessible vehicles.
- Puyallup Commuter: Rides to/from points within the described zone to/from the Puyallup Transit Center or Puyallup Sounder Station between the hours of 5am and 7pm Monday through Friday (excluding public holidays).
- SR 512 Park & Ride Commuter: Rides to points within the described zone to/from the SR 512 Park & Ride during construction between the hours of 5am and 7pm Monday through Friday (excluding public holidays).
- Browns Point/NE Tacoma Connection: During the mid-day and weekends, when Route 63 is not operating, provide feeder service to the Tacoma Dome Station multimodal facility.
- Nighttime Guaranteed Ride Home: Rides home for students taking night classes at Pierce College Puyallup and/or patients at dialysis centers in South Hill; service to home addresses within or immediately bordering the PTBA on weekdays within one-hour window after last night class/appointment ends.
Read the TNT article HERE