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ROUTE ANALYSIS | North Tacoma
Tacoma’s North End is currently served by six different routes. Most of these routes operate only hourly with limited spans of service that preclude many work trips. Accordingly, almost all North End routes underperform; they are among the least efficient and effective of all Pierce Transit routes. Due to low ridership and significant overlap between routes, a full restructure of North Tacoma is being implemented. The restructure consists of consolidating multiple routes results in a network that still serves the vast majority of North Tacoma residents, but at higher service levels and later evening service times.
In Alternative 2, multiple routes will be consolidated into four different routes, all of which operate every 30-minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and also operate until 10 p.m. In addition, with proposed route scheduling, the Stadium District and the north end of the Proctor District will be connected to downtown Tacoma with 15-minutes service.
Route 10:Route 10 will be revised to improve directness of service, simplify the alignment, and focus on the higher demand areas. Specific changes include the bi-direction operation along Pearl Street between N. 26th Street and the Pt. Defiance Ferry terminal and improvement of Route 10’s span and frequency so that it operates every 30 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays and has service until 10 p.m. The elimination of the one-way couplet on Vassault provides more direct service. Market research has shown that one-way mid-route alignments separated by a quarter mile reduce ridership. While some existing passengers on Vassault will need to walk further to access Route 10, overall ridership will increase on Route 10.
Route 11:The alignment of Route 11 will be adjusted to better serve higher ridership areas and reduce duplication with other routes. Specific changes include:
Between Proctor and 26th Street and the Stadium District, Route 11 will be consolidated with Route 14’s alignment. This will reduce the duplication with Route 1 service on 6th AVe.
Between the Stadium District and downtown Tacoma, Route 11 will utilize St. Helens instead of Broadway. With both Routes 11 and 16 utilizing St. Helens, their schedules will be off-set to provide effective 15-minute service between Downtown, the Stadium District and the north end of the Proctor District.
Improvements to Route 11 span and frequency include operating every 30 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays and has service until 10 p.m. Additionally, when scheduled in conjunction with Route 16, there will be15-minute all-day service between downtown, the Stadium District, and the north end of the Proctor District. Existing Route 11 passengers will continue to have Route 1 service on 6th Avenue and be within a ¼ mile walk of service on Proctor Street.
Route 13:Saturday service on Route 13 will be eliminated. Weekday service will remain operating every 60 minutes between 5:40 a.m. and 7:22 p.m.
Route 16:The alignment of Route 16 will be adjusted to better serve higher ridership areas. Specific changes include:
Route 16 will operate on N. 26th Street between Pearl and Proctor Streets to better connect higher density residential and commercial areas on Pearl Street to downtown Tacoma. With the exception of high school ridership, Route 16 serves few passengers on either Stevens or 11th Streets.
In conjunction with Route 11’s changes, Route 16’s schedule will be offset from Route 11’s schedule, which will provide effective 15-minute service between Downtown, the Stadium District and the north end of the Proctor District.
Improvements to Route 16 span and frequency will include operating every 30 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays and has service until 10 p.m. Additionally, when scheduled in conjunction with Route 11, there will be 15-minute all-day service between downtown, the Stadium District, and the north end of the Proctor District. Existing passengers on Stevens and N. 11th Streets will need to walk further to access service.