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Pierce Transit
September 14, 2016

Dear Community Member,

Welcome to the second edition of Pierce Transit’s Moving Forward e-newsletter. Thank you for the opportunity to keep you informed about new initiatives and services we are implementing in our community.

Sue Dreier
CEO, Pierce Transit


 

Improved Services Began Sept.11

On Sunday, Sept. 11 Pierce Transit restored and imporved its service to include additional night service and increased frequency on a number of routes. Overall, we are added about 15,000 hours of on-street service this month. Among other improvements, we added 25 new trips to three of our busiest routes and extended Route 51 to reach the Springbrook neighborhood in Lakewood. We also added three additional trips from Tacoma Community College and four more trips to the Tacoma Dome Station. To learn about these other route improvements, CLICK HERE.


 

Service Analysis Update

Pierce Transit is conducting a comprehensive analysis of our fixed-route bus service to help form recommendations for future improvements and efficiencies. Over the summer we held three open houses and asked the public how we might prioritize service enhancements. We also sought feedback using a “Build Your Own System” web tool, which garnered 861 responses. We are now compiling the feedback and examining data. Next we will craft recommendations for our Board of Commissioners regarding service enhancements and approximately 34,000 additional service hours, to be implemented next Spring.


 

Pierce Transit Receives Electric Bus Grant

Pierce Transit Receives Electric Bus Grant

In July we learned that the Federal Transit Administration had awarded Pierce Transit $2.55 million to purchase the agency’s first-ever, all-electric, zero-emission buses and related infrastructure. We applied for the very competitive Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program grant earlier this year and were one of just 20 agencies nationwide to receive it. We hope to have at least two electric buses on the road by early 2018. Many thanks to those who wrote letters of support for our grant, including: U.S. Sens. Murray and Cantwell; U.S. Reps. Kilmer, Heck, Smith and Reichert; Gov. Jay Inslee; Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy; Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland; the Washington State Transit Association; the Puyallup Tribe; the Puget Sound Asthma Coalition; Downtown On the Go; Transportation Choices Coalition; Puget Sound Regional Council; Pierce Conservation District; Puget Sound Clean Air Agency; the Western Washington Clean Cities Coalition and electric bus maker Proterra.


 

Why We Do What We Do

Each month Pierce Transit recognizes an “Operator of the Month” who has gone above and beyond in providing excellent service to our customers. Here are a few customer comments about Moe, Pierce Transit’s most recent Operator of the Month:

  • “I have been commuting to Seattle for almost 17 years and have very seldom found a bus driver that is so connected with the passengers. Moe’s bus is always lively and full of laughter. At the end of the day when we are tired and cranky, he is a breath of fresh air. He greets everyone with a smile and says ‘good night’ with a smile.”
  • “We love Mo! There is no other driver like him. We have so much fun with him as our driver. His laughter is contagious…there is no one else who can put up with the likes of us at that hour of the morning but good ole’ Moe. Thank you, Moe, for being a thoughtful and caring driver.”
  • “Thank you for giving us this driver. Reliable, on-time transportation is what an employee needs when commuting by bus for work.”

We receive comments like these regularly about our bus Operators. I am proud to lead an agency that provides this kind of service and delivers a positive experience for our customers.

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Trip Planner Help

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.

Addresses

  • 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.)
  • 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 1000 Main instead of 1000 S Main. But type 1000 West Viewmont for 1000 West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets and addresses are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby location, such as an intersection or a landmark.
  • You should not enter the suite number or apartment number.  Just the house number and street name (Example: type in 401 Broadway instead of 401 Broadway Avenue Suite 800).

Intersections

  • 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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