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Vantage March-April 2013

Vanpool Proposals

On Monday night, the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners adopted two resolutions:

  1. Increase Vanpool fares
  2. Recover Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls for vanpools crossing the bridge

The third proposal regarding service area was tabled for further discussion.

Fares

Effective May 1, 2013, vanpool fares will increase. We will post the new fares on our website in mid-April.

Tolls

Effective May 1, 2013, Pierce Transit will recover Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls from vanpool groups that travel on the bridge. Monthly toll fees per vanpool will be:

Work Week
Flat Monthly Fee
4 day $68
5 day $80
6 day  $100
 7 day $116
9/80 $76

Note: Tolls will be collected in advance (like fares). We strongly recommend that groups evenly split the toll fee among all vanpool participants. Tolls accrued during personal use of the van will continue to be collected after the fact.

Service Area

The Board will further discuss the vanpool service area policy at their March 29 work session. We expect to know more in early April, and will communicate updates as they become available.

If you have questions about the resolutions regarding fares and bridge tolls, or about possible service area changes, please contact your Pierce Transit vanpool coordinator.


Transit Ridership Up 

A recent article in USA Today states that “ridership on buses, subways and other modes of public transportation in the USA rose 1.5% to 10.5 billion trips” in 2012, the highest annual total since 2008, according to a new report. 

APTA president and CEO Michael Melaniphy reports that although Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath slowed ridership on some of the nation's largest transit systems, at least 16 systems reported record ridership in 2012. Melaniphy says the increase in transit ridership was partly driven by high, unstable gas prices and the nation's changing demographics. 

"In the last 18 months or so, we've seen [gasoline] prices be very volatile," he says. "When you can't count on your transportation costs being consistent day over day, week over week, that's really hard on the budget." 

A 2012 report by the National Conference of State Legislatures said that "affordability likely plays a role" in the growth of transit, noting "estimates are that an individual can save more than $10,000 a year by riding public transit instead of driving." 

That report also noted the growing popularity of public transportation, especially among Baby Boomers, empty-nesters and Millennials, who total about 150 million people. 

"We expect we're going to continue to have good ridership," Melaniphy says. "More than 80% of transit systems have cut services, raised fares or considered it. Think about what ridership numbers would look like if they didn't have to cut back." 

Adapted from an article in USA Today by Larry Copeland. 


Pierce Trips Commute Incentives 

Did you know….by vanpooling, you are not only saving gas money, wear and tear on your personal vehicle, and helping the environment…you are also eligible for some really great incentives! 

If you commute to a worksite in Pierce County, drop everything NOW and register for Relax Rewards on Pierce Trips! Track your commute trips on Pierce Trips’ online Commute Calendar and your name could be drawn during the quarterly incentive drawing! 

Use a smart commute option for at least 24 days during a quarter, and here's what registered Relax Rewards participants could win... 

Dream 

$250 gift card (1 winner) 

48+ 

Dream 

$100 gift card (5 winners) 

48+ 

Wish 

$50 gift card (10 winners) 

36-47 

Whimsy 

$25 gift card (20 winners) 

24-35 

Tracking your trips will also help you meet your personal commute goals, like saving money for a vacation, living a healthier lifestyle, or doing your part for a cleaner planet. What’s your commute goal? 

Pierce Trips is a cooperative program sponsored by the City of Tacoma, Pierce County, and Pierce Transit. 

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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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