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2016 Route Analysis:
Pierce Transit spent most of 2016 conducting a comprehensive analysis of its existing bus service and gathering the public’s ideas for where Pierce Transit should prioritize transit investments. Of the responses received, the two most-requested improvements were increased frequency (having the bus arrive more often) and a longer span of service on weekdays.
Pierce Transit’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a restructured route network focused on efficiency. Under the new plan, riders will experience more frequent bus service, including 30-minute peak and mid-day service on all urban routes (except the Route 13), and more frequent service on many non-urban routes.
Riders will also benefit from having service later in the evening on weekdays, with nearly all urban routes and some non-urban routes having service until 10 p.m. The restructured system will also deliver more direct bus routes with faster service between locations, and fewer overlapping routes along the same path.
The service changes will be effective on March 12, 2017.
Planned System Map
Use this map viewer to see an overview of the adopted System Map.
- Click on a specific route for its identification information and its weekday span and frequency schedule.
- Zoom in for a detailed look at the proposed routes to compare them to the current routes. At this level, the black dashed lines represent the sections of current routes that will be eliminated.
- The black dots represent proposed bus stops.
The routes and bus stops are currently undergoing review with Pierce Transit to operate safely along the routes, and there may be changes to the displayed information when implemented in March 2017.
For an interactive map click here.
For the March 2017 service changes Pierce Transit will conduct a wide variety of outreach efforts to inform the public about route changes, including advertisements, information on buses, direct rider outreach, transit displays and outreach to affected groups.
This Final Report summarizing the comprehensive analysis of Pierce Transit’s fixed-route system consists of three chapters in addition to the introduction:
- Chapter 2 presents key findings from the existing conditions analysis of the Pierce Transit service area, including a demographic-based market analysis, travel pattern assessment, route-by-route analysis, and transfer analysis.
- Chapter 3 reviews the stakeholder and public outreach conducted over 2016 that led to development of investment priorities.
- Chapter 4 describes the service changes that were developed for September 2016 (implemented already) and March 2017 (scheduled for implementation as of publication of this final report).
Want a better idea of how these changes might impact your trip?
The graphics break it down: