Our Mission is to Serve
Pierce Transit connects communities with safe, reliable, customer-friendly transit options.
A Brief History
Founded in 1979, Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation (Pierce Transit) is a nationally recognized leader in the public transportation industry. Pierce Transit covers 292 square miles of Pierce County with roughly 70% of the county population. Serving Washington’s second largest county, Pierce Transit provides three types of service, Fixed Route, SHUTTLE paratransit and Vanpools that help get passengers to jobs, schools and appointments.
A Board Guides Our Actions
Pierce Transit is governed by a ten-member Board of Commissioners. The Board is made up of elected officials representing thirteen jurisdictions, Pierce County and one non-voting Union Representative. Learn more here
Executive Finance Committee (EFC)
The Executive - Finance Committee (EFC) is comprised of four members of the Board of Commissioners. The Committee serves as a sounding board to the Agency on various policy matters and approves contracts up to its allowed authority established by the Board of Commissioners. Learn more here
The Pierce Transit Community Transportation Advisory Group (CTAG) is a nine-member advisory group that provides input to the Board of Commissioners. It was chartered to offer an opportunity for community stakeholders to provide feedback and suggest improvements and recommendations on plans, policies, and services offered by Pierce Transit. Learn more here.
Three Transportation Services Meet a Variety of Needs
2011 Ridership DataBus (PT local routes)
- 12,149,044 boardings
- 39,679 rides per weekday
- 6,413,864 service miles
- 859,624 vanpool trips
- 2,548 Vanpool customers
- Partnerships with 117 employers
- Partner regionally with over 786 ORCA Passport agreements
- 16,000 customers in regional ridematch database, RideshareOnline.com
- 437,021 trips
- 6,948 eligible users
FinancingPrimary sources of operating and capital revenue:
- 0.6% Local Sales Tax
- Passenger Fares
- Federal Transit Administration
- Sound Transit for regional service
- Pierce Transit is a separate municipal corporation, not part of the City of Tacoma, Sound Transit, or Pierce County.