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2016 Route Analysis:
Moving Forward

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

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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.

Final Report

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On Dec. 12, 2016 Pierce Transit’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of implementing the March 2017 preferred alternative (with certain changes) that was developed through the comprehensive analysis. The plan adopted by the Board also supports a new partnership with GO Transit, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord service funded through a partnership between Pierce County and JBLM.

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.

REPORT STRUCTURE
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:

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East Tacoma

Click to enlarge for North Tacoma

North Tacoma

Click to enlarge map of Lakewood

Lakewood

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Trip Planner Tips - Entering Locations

To create a trip plan you need to enter both a starting location (origin) and an ending location (destination). For information about stops, schedules, or service at a specific location, you only need to enter one location.

The Trip Planner recognizes most street intersections and addresses as well as many landmarks in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties. If what you entered is not immediately recognized, the Trip Planner will offer you a list of options. You can choose one of the options, but if your intended location is not there, select the "Revise Original Entries" link to return to the entry page and change the entries you have already made.

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  • You don't need to type in the city along with the address. The Trip Planner shows the possible city names as options if needed. City names are based on zip codes.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type 110 Jones instead of 110 Jones Boulevard.)
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  • The "&" symbol is the only character used between two street names to show an intersection. (Examples: 1st & B, James & Madison)
  • You don't need to type in the city. The Trip Planner shows the possible city names as options if needed. City names are based on zip codes.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type Conifer & Jones instead of Conifer Circle & Jones Boulevard.)
  • You don't need to type in the directional designations for streets, but if a direction name is part of a street name, you should include it. (Example: type 3rd & Main instead of 3rd S & S Main. But type 34th & West Viewmont for 34th W & West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby intersection or a landmark.

Landmarks

Government Sites: Pierce County Health Dept, Pierce Co Sheriffs Office, Tacoma City Hall

Major Commercial Sites: Tacoma Mall, Sheraton Hotel

Transportation Facilities: Sea-Tac Airport, Greyhound Bus Depot

Schools & Colleges: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College

Sports & Leisure: Cheney Stadium, Pt Defiance Zoo

Medical Facilities: Group Health, Tacoma General Hospital


 

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