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Service Reduction Plan and Informational Meetings

Date: February 11, 2013

LAKEWOOD, WA - The Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners passed a resolution on Monday evening directing staff to revise service reduction plans for September 29, 2013 to include limited bus service on Saturdays and Sundays. The cut in service is due to the loss of Proposition 1 in November 2012.

Pierce Transit currently operates 417,000 annual service hours. The revised service plan will reduce annual service hours to approximately 300,000, or a 28 percent reduction from current levels. The plan adopted in January 2013 reduced service to 275,000 annual service hours, or a 34 percent reduction from current levels.

The agency has received $6.2 million in revenue through two Federal Transit Administration "State of Good Repair" grants and congressional approval of the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit. In addition, over a 10 year period (2013-2022), the agency will extend the useful life of buses from 14 years to 16 years and eliminate some planned improvements to its maintenance facilities, redirecting a total of $19.5 million from the Pierce Transit capital plan. These efforts combined will add $25.7 million for bus operations over 10 years.

"We have been working very hard for the last couple of months to find these savings," said Lynne Griffith, Pierce Transit CEO. "There is some risk in using these dollars for service today, but given the strong need for service in this community and the repeated desire of our Board Members to find a way to provide service on the weekend, we feel this is the right choice."

Almost all Pierce Transit routes will be affected. The primary impacts of the proposed service reductions are:

WEEKDAYS
  • 36 routes operating 1,250 daily trips
  • Limited service after 7:30PM
  • Limited service during mid-day
SATURDAYS
  • 24 routes operating 456 trips
  • Limited service after 7:00 PM
  • Limited service during mid-day
SUNDAYS
  • 17 routes operating 271 trips
  • Limited service after 7:00 PM
  • Limited service during mid-day
OTHER
  • Elimination of holiday service.
  • Elimination of Route 62, which serves Northeast Tacoma.
  • No restoration of special service to events like the Puyallup Fair.
  • SHUTTLE paratransit service for eligible people with disabilities operates during the same days and times as bus service. As bus service is reduced or eliminated, SHUTTLE service will also be reduced or eliminated.

Detailed service reduction plan information are available by Clicking HERE. A public hearing on implementation of the revised plan will happen on May 13, 2013.

Pierce Transit will host eight "Information Meetings" for the public regarding the revised service reduction plan at locations around the Pierce Transit service area. Locations and dates of the eight meetings:

LAKEWOOD
Wednesday, March 6th 12 – 2PM
Pierce Transit Training Center (Rainier Room)
3720 96th St SW, Lakewood
Served by Routes 48, 300

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON - TACOMA
Thursday, March 7th
Two meeting times to choose from:
• 11AM – 1PM
• 6 – 7:30PM
William W. Phillip Hall (Jane Russell Commons)
1918 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
Served by Routes 1, 48, 53, ST 590 (Northbound),
ST 594, ST Link light rail

NORTHEAST TACOMA
Wednesday, March 13th 4 – 6PM
Northeast Tacoma Police Substation
4731 Norpoint Way NE, Tacoma
Served by Route 62

PARKLAND / SPANAWAY
Monday, March 18th 5 – 7PM
Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library
13718 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma
Served by Route 1

PUYALLUP
Tuesday, March 19th 11AM – 1PM
Puyallup Library (North Room)
324 S Meridian, Puyallup
Served by Routes 400, 402, 409

GIG HARBOR
Wednesday, March 20th 5 – 7PM
Gig Harbor Civic Center (Council Chambers)
3510 Grandview St, Gig Harbor
Served by Route 100

PUYALLUP
Tuesday, March 26th 5:30 – 7:30PM
Puyallup Library (North Room)
324 S Meridian, Puyallup
Served by Routes 400, 402, 409

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