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Travel Downtown to Defiance

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Welcome Aboard!

Pierce Transit and its partners featured below are pleased to announce the return of Pierce Transit’s Downtown to Defiance trolley service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, June 1 through September 2, 2018.

Come visit Point Defiance Park with the Northwest’s only combined zoo and aquarium! Old-growth forest, saltwater beaches and spectacular views offer numerous possibilities for recreation. Point Ruston, a model of revitalization, features waterfront living, fine dining, entertainment and recreation.

Ruston Way offers parks, 2 miles of scenic views and access to the waterfront. It’s a popular place for walking, biking, jogging, scuba diving, fishing, picnicking, parasailing, and great dining.




Community need

This continuation of the 2017 pilot–Route 15–will provide a connection for visitors and locals alike from downtown Tacoma to scenic destinations along Ruston Way and to Point Defiance Park.

Enjoy shopping, museums and events in downtown Tacoma, then take the trolley along scenic Ruston Way to dine at the waterfront and visit attractions at Pt. Ruston. Continue your journey to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, trails, beachfront and marina at Point Defiance Park.

take tacoma trolley from downtown to pt defiance

Integration with existing transit system

The service is integrated with existing public transportation services already available in Tacoma and provides easy connections to regional services in downtown Tacoma. It’s easy to connect to local bus services travelling to Puyallup, Federal Way, Lakewood and many other connections in Pierce County. Or just hop on Light Rail to continue your trip to the Tacoma Dome Station where you can access Sounder Commuter Rail or Sound Transit’s Regional Express Bus services to SeaTac and Seattle. You can even make connections with Amtrak.

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Trolley Schedule


D2D Trolley Schedule

FARES (PER RIDE)

BUS FARESAdult FareYouth Fare*Discounted Fare
 Route 15 Trolley
(one ride)
 $1 $1 $.50
 Local PT Service -
All Day Pass
 $5 $2.50 $2.50

*Must show Regional Reduced Fare Permit

All Day Passes: Riders may purchase on any Pierce Transit bus, using exact change. Or, download the Hopthru app and buy passes on your phone.

ORCA cards: Must be purchased in advance at The Bus Shop (at Tacoma Dome Station, 505 East 25th Street, Tacoma), select retailers, ticket vending machines, or online at www.orcacard.com.

Cash Fares: Put exact change in the farebox next to the driver. Children age 5 and younger ride FREE with a fare-paying passenger.

*Discounted Fares: Must show Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) to the driver.

For details about how to obtain a Regional Reduced Fare Permit, or for help planning your trip, CLICK HERE or call 253.581.8000, option 1, then option 1 again.

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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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