Pierce Transit is continuing its comprehensive analysis of its existing bus service to help finalize recommendations for improvements and efficiencies. Pierce Transit is once again seeking your input.
You’re invited to provide your input in person at an open house or public hearing about how Pierce Transit might prioritize service enhancements.
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Dear Community Member,
Welcome to the final 2016 edition of Pierce Transit’s Moving Forward e-newsletter. It has been a pleasure to serve our community this year. We are looking forward to 2017 as we improve our routing system and restore 35,000 service hours in March and 10,000 more in September. Thank you for the opportunity to keep you informed about the work we are doing in our community. I wish you and your family the happiest of holidays.
Service Analysis Complete
Pierce Transit spent virtually all of 2016 conducting a comprehensive analysis of our fixed-route bus service. We held six open houses and garnered almost 1,000 public comments about desired improvements. The two most-requested items by far were: 1) more frequent bus service; and 2) service later into the evening. Throughout the fall we have been working on a way to deliver both improvements by enacting system efficiencies and consolidating some redundant routes. On Dec. 12 Pierce Transit’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the improved routing system and the restoration of 35,000 service hours, which will go into effect March 12. For more information, including specific route changes, visit Pierce Transit’s website.
Local Nonprofits Receive Retiring PT Vans
When Pierce Transit’s vans and SHUTTLE vehicles have reached the age of retirement from transit, they can still provide a valuable service to our community. Through the “Care-a-van” program Pierce Transit grants retiring vehicles to qualifying nonprofit or governmental organizations. The vehicles are used for a variety of purposes, such as transporting individuals with disabilities to jobs, getting students to after-school tutoring programs, or helping low-income seniors get to medical appointments or shopping. In 2016 Pierce Transit granted six Care-a-vans to the following organizations, which are using the vans in their good work: Tacoma Housing Development Group; Homeward Bound; Goodwill; Tacoma Rescue Mission; Puget Sound ESD’s Road to Independence program; and the BASE Before and After School Program. For more information or to apply for a van, visit our Care-a-van page.
Vanpooling on the Rise
Pierce Transit’s Vanpool program had a banner year in 2016. Staff recruited and formed an unprecedented 57 new vanpools this year (30 is typical), placing nearly all of Pierce Transit’s vans in service. Today there are 324 Pierce Transit vanpools on the road, averaging nine riders each. That equates to 2,916 fewer single-occupancy vehicles clogging our streets and air every weekday! If you would like to start a Vanpool with your colleagues, visit our Vanpool page.
Focus on Safety
In 2016 Pierce Transit participated in a Mobileye collision avoidance technology pilot program. This technology alerts bus operators to pedestrians and other objects in their path, which is especially helpful when an operator’s view is obstructed. The results were encouraging and we are pursuing additional funds to place this technology on all Pierce Transit buses next year. Here is a News Tribune story on Pierce Transit’s use of Mobileye technology.
Letter from a Rider
From time to time we receive heart-felt notes from riders about our service. Here is one from Shirley, a longtime bus rider, that made our day this holiday season:
It has been a pleasure to serve Shirley and all our other customers this year.
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Operator Of The Month
I enjoy helping people get to their destination and I have a great office view.
Pierce Transit Adopt a Stop Program
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Pierce Transit has more than 3,000 bus stops and shelters throughout Pierce County. Each one is part of a community. By volunteering as an Adoptee for the Adopt A Stop program you can make a difference in yours.
IT’S EASY TO GET STARTED
- Choose a bus stop.
- Contact us
- Get your supplies. We’d like to thank you in person for volunteering when we give you your supplies. Come to Pierce Transit’s headquarters in Lakewood—or, we can meet you at another location. We’ll go over the program and present you with your welcome packet, which includes safety supplies.
- Report your activities once a month.
TO THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERINGAfter your stop is adopted, your name will appear on a sign which will be posted at that stop. You may also receive recognition in one or more of our publications. Recycling is encouraged, and any profit from the sale of recyclable items is yours to keep.
GET STARTED TODAY!Adopt A Stop Program Coordinator
Adopt A Stop Program Overview
Expectations & Safety Tips
Agreement to Adopt A Stop
Participant Activity Report
- Downloadable form to print, then fill out by hand.
Heard a “Talking” Bus Yet?Listen for automatic stop and route announcements while traveling on Pierce Transit and Sound Transit buses. Route and destination announcements required by the Americans with Disabilities Act are made by the new automatic announcement system we call trax each time a bus door opens at a stop. In addition, upcoming stop names are announced on the buses to keep passengers informed about the next stop coming up on that route.
Pierce Transit needs your help to ensure that the trax system is helpful and useful to you, our riding public. Please report any problems with the timing of stop announcements, interior volume, or pronunciation issues so we can look into fixing them. Report problems by filling out a customer comment card (located at
the front of the bus), sending an e-mail to PTcustomer@piercetransit.org, or filling out our online form. When reporting issues with announcements, please be as specific as possible. Include the route, direction of travel, time of day, vehicle number and a complete description of the problem.