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ROUTE ANALYSIS | East Tacoma
East Tacoma is currently served by eleven different routes. Some, such as Route 1, have great frequency and late evening service. However, most operate hourly for much of the day. Many of the routes overlap each other and serve the same markets. Consolidating service in multiple different corridors will allow Pierce Transit to operate East Tacoma service more frequently and later, and also operate more efficiently as a result.
Route 41 currently connects East Tacoma with downtown Tacoma. In order to provide Salishan residents a more direct connection to the Tacoma Mall, the Route 41’s southern terminus will be shifted away from the 72nd Street Transit Center and instead travel along the S. 56th Street corridor currently served by the Route 56. The consolidated Route 41 will operate weekdays until 10 p.m.
The consolidated route will utilize the existing Route 41 between downtown and E 56th St. From E 56th St and Portland Ave, Route 41 will continue to the Tacoma Mall via E 56th, Oakes, and S 48th.
Existing Route 41 passengers on Portland Avenue between E 56th Street and E 72nd Street will continue to be served by a restructured Route 54.
Route 42 span and frequency will improve so that it operates every 30 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays and has service until 10 p.m.
Route 45 span and frequency will improve so that it operates every 30 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays and has service until 10 p.m.
Route 45 and the restructured Route 48 will have coordinated schedules so that between S 38th and downtown Tacoma, Yakima Avenue will have all-day 15-minute service on weekdays. Creating a high-frequency corridor on Yakima Avenue between downtown and S 38th Street will improve transfers and attract more riders.
Route 53 currently operates like two separate routes that have been added to each other. At the Tacoma Mall Transit Center, two thirds of the existing ridership turns over. Between the Tacoma Mall Transit Center and downtown Tacoma, Route 53 duplicates multiple other routes. It does not have a unique market connecting the Mall to either East Tacoma or from East Tacoma to downtown Tacoma. In order to reduce duplication of service, Route 53 will operate only between TCC and the Tacoma Mall Transit Center. It will also be rerouted along Oakes St to provide coverage where Route 3 was realigned along S Tacoma Way.
The restructured Routes 41 and 54 will continue to provide a link between the Tacoma Mall Transit Center and East Tacoma. Routes 1, 45, and 48 will continue to provide service between East Tacoma and downtown Tacoma.
Route 53’s frequency will be improved to every 30-minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and will operate until 10 p.m. Later evening service will be available, allowing Mall employees to work the evening shift and still catch the bus home. This will reduce the duplication of service between Route 53 and other routes will result in Routes 45, 48, and 54 operating more efficiently. Service will operate until 10 p.m. on weekdays.
Route 54 in its current form is a crosstown route connecting the East Tacoma and the Tacoma Mall. It duplicates segments of Route 41 on Portland Avenue and Routes 53 and 48 along S 38th Street. In order to reduce duplication of service along these corridors, Route 54 will be shifted to cover more of S 38th St and Portland Ave while the Route 41 will be shifted to S 56th Street.
From Tacoma Mall, the route will travel along S 48th St to Alaska, then turn onto S 38th St, then turn onto to southbound Portland Ave and directly serve the 72nd Street Transit Center.
Route 54 will operate until 10 p.m. on weekdays. Weekday peak and mid-day frequency will remain 30 minutes.
In order to reduce duplication of service along the S 56th St and Portland Ave corridors, Route 56 will be consolidated into Routes 41 and 54.