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Route Analysis | Lakewood
Route Analysis | Lakewood
Presently nine Pierce Transit routes converge on the Lakewood Transit Center, including three trunk routes (2, 3, and 4). Many of the routes in Lakewood overlap each other. The changes for the Lakewood area are designed to reduce overlap, redesign a major trunk route (Route 3) to operate more effectively as a regional connection between Lakewood, Tacoma Mall and downtown Tacoma, and improve frequency and span of service.
Span and frequency improvements will be made for most routes serving Lakewood as well.
One of the primary changes is to restructure Route 3 to operate more effectively as a regional connection along a likely high capacity transit alignment (in the future) that connects Lakewood, Tacoma Mall, and downtown Tacoma. A restructured Route 3 will operate on S Tacoma Way and replace the existing Route 300. Route 3 will continue to directly serve the Tacoma Mall Transit Center and will also now serve the SR-512 Park & Ride. This will improve direct links along South Tacoma Way between these important regional gateways.
From downtown Tacoma, Route 3 will travel from 10th and Commerce to Tacoma Mall via Pacific Ave, Jefferson Ave (UW Tacoma campus), Center St, S Tacoma Way, S Pine St, and S 48th St. From the Tacoma Mall Transit Center, the Route 3 will travel to Lakewood Towne Center via S 48th St, S Tacoma Way, SR-512 Park & Ride, 108th St SW, Main St SW, 59th Ave SW, and finally the Lakewood Transit Center.
Collaborating with the shift of the Route 3 to the SR-512 Park & Ride, in Lakewood the Route 4 will be realigned along 100th St SW.
From Lakewood Transit Center, the adjusted Route 4 will travel to SR-512 Park & Ride via 59th Ave SW, 100th St SW, 96th St SW, and S Tacoma Way. Between SR-512 and Pierce College in Puyallup, the alignment will remain unchanged. Service will operate until 10 p.m. on weekdays.
In order to create a high-frequency corridor connecting S 38th Street and downtown Tacoma, Route 48’s alignment will be modified to use Yakima Avenue. The schedule between S 38th Street and downtown will be coordinated with Route 45 so that between the two routes, service operates every 15 minutes during the day (approximately 6 AM to 6 PM) and every 30-minutes during off-peak times.
In Lakewood, in conjunction with the Route 3 restructure, Route 48’s alignment will utilize Steilacoom Boulevard (serving Clover Park Technical College) between S Tacoma Way and the Lakewood Transit Center. Service will operate until 10 p.m. on weekdays.
The crosstown function of Route 51 has not performed up to expectations in both the short- and long-term. Due to low performance, and the fact that almost all of this route’s alignment overlaps those of other routes, Route 51 will be eliminated. Service into the Springbrook neighborhood will continue to be provided by a revised Route 206 which will now operate on a 30 minute frequency and have service until 10pm.
Route 206 currently connects the Lakewood Transit Center with Madigan Hospital. It also serves multiple low-income areas. Route 206 passes within 1/3 of a mile of the Springbrook neighborhood, which has Route 51 connecting it with the Lakewood Transit Center.
In order to reduce duplication of service, Route 206 will now serve the Springbrook neighborhood via Bridgeport Way. In conjunction with the routing change, Route 206’s midday frequency will be improved to every 30 minutes, and service will operate until 10 p.m. on weekdays.
Route 300 will be eliminated but a majority of its alignment will be consolidated into Route 3, Route 206 and GO Transit’s Route 2. Bus stops previously served by Route 300 along Bridgeport Ave and the Springbrook neighborhood will be served by the revised Route 206. Patrons wishing to access McChord Field may transfer to the free GO Route 2 at the SR-512 Park & Ride. Pierce Transit is working with GO Transit to create a new direct connection between McChord Field and Lakewood Towne Center (Proposed GO Transit Route 7). Proper identification is required to ride the GO Transit system. See www.jblmmwr.com/golewismcchord for more info.