COVID-19 Schedule Reductions

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pierce Transit has adapted to reduced revenue and demand by reducing service. In May 2020, the agency restored some service, and in September 2020 Pierce Transit will implement a service level at 90 percent of pre-COVID levels. Still, a reduction of 10 percent from pre-COVID service requires some difficult choices.

We are seeking your feedback on what changes and restorations you would like the agency to prioritize as we plan the next service change in March 2021, when we hope to bring back additional service, depending on available funding. CLICK HERE to take the survey.

We will share this information with decision-makers and use it as we plan our March 2021 services. Scroll down for information about recent service changes, as well as the September 2020 service package. 

March 29, April 6, April 10

  • Three separate service changes in 2-1/2 weeks
  • System-wide impacts
  • Five routes and one on-demand service temporarily suspended from service on April 6:
    • 13
    • 63
    • 102
    • 425
    • 497
    • JBLM Connector

May 24, 2020 Service Change

  • On weekdays for most routes, buses arrive less often (as they typically would on Saturday) and the span (a.m. start/p.m. end) is that of a typical weekday
  • Route 1 operating at even higher service level than pre-COVID, due to “shadow” buses that often follow along to pick up extra passengers when buses reach COVID-level capacity
  • Routes 2, 48, 54 and 500 operating at full service
  • Routes 13, 102, and 425 temporarily suspended
  • Routes 63 and 497 operating partial weekday service
  • Saturdays remain on lesser (Sunday) level of service


For more details about Pierce Transit’s continued response to COVID-19, Click Here


September 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Schedule

  • 90% of pre-COVID service (10% reduction)
  • Consideration of the equity impacts for riders and communities we serve
  • Regional equity of the PTBA communities
    • Balancing reductions in suburban areas to ensure some level of services remain
  • Preservation of high-performance routes, high-need routes, geographic access
  • Social equity at the route level
COVID-19 Emergency Schedule

September 2020 Weekday Service

COVID-19 Schedule

  • 102 Express -End service
  • Frequency reduction (hourly)
    • 402
  • Frequency and Span reduction
    • 13 (one direction service am/pm)
    • 63 (one direction service am/pm)
    • 214
    • 425
  • Span reduction (how early or late bus arrives)
    • 4
    • 11
    • 409
    • 501

September 2020 Saturday Service

COVID-19 Schedule

  • Reduced frequency on Routes:
    • 4
    • 214
    • 425

September 2020 Sunday Service

COVID-19 Schedule


  • One-hour service frequency on trunk routes (Route 1, 2, 3 and 4) and Route 500
  • Two-hour service frequency on most other routes

September 2020 COVID-19 Service

Geographic Breakdown of Service Hours

Service hour breakdown
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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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