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What is Pierce Transit Runner?

Pierce Transit Runner is a new kind of on-demand service that provides first and last mile connections to the Ruston Way waterfront zone. Riding the bus is a great way to move around Pierce County, but providing traditional bus service along the waterfront is challenging. Now, with Pierce Transit Runner, you can combine flexible on-demand service to and from the Ruston Way zone with riding the bus.

What is the zone?

The zone is the area served by Pierce Transit Runner. It encompasses Tacoma's Ruston Way, some of the Town of Ruston, a section of Dock Street and part of the Tideflats. Check out the map for a complete view. You can connect to the service at Commerce Street Zone A and at Tacoma Dome Station (outside the Greyhound depot). The zone is active 7 days per week from 7am to 10pm.

Why should I try Pierce Transit Runner?

The waterfront offers a lot of different things to see and do for locals and visitors alike. Parking along the waterfront and Dock Street can be challenging, but if you take Pierce Transit Runner, you can leave your car at home. If you live in the zone, you can use Pierce Transit Runner to connect to local and regional transit hubs to get to school or work. If you work in the zone, you can combine Pierce Transit Runner with a bus or train ride to get from a transit hub to your workplace. When visiting multiple waterfront attractions, Pierce Transit Runner can be used to move throughout the corridor. Bikes are welcome on board as space allows.

How do I get a ride?

Pierce Transit Runner uses the Goin app to book trips. After you download the app, open it and select Pierce Transit Runner. Choose your pick-up point and destination in the zone. The app will tell you when your driver will arrive. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can call 253.270.1340 to schedule your trip. Have your pick-up and destination addresses ready. The customer service rep will tell you when your driver will arrive. If you want to see if you are “in the zone” before you travel, check out this interactive map [HERE]

What does is cost to ride and how do I pay?

Ride free August 1 through 31, 2020
Pierce Transit Runner has the same fare as riding a Pierce Transit bus:
  • $2.00 for an adult
  • $1.00 for youth or those with Regional Reduced Fare Permit

There are no fareboxes on board the Pierce Transit Runner vehicles so cash fares cannot be accepted.

There are three ways to pay:

  1. Use the Hopthru app with mobile fare of your choice (One Ride Ticket, All Day Pass or 30 Day Pass)
  2. Show the driver your valid ORCA card
  3. Show the driver your valid All Day Pass

How is Pierce Transit Runner operated?

Pierce Transit Runner is provided in partnership with MedStar, a Washington-based company that specializes in accessible, user-friendly transportation. The vans used for Pierce Transit Runner can accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles, so the service is easy for anyone to use. These vehicles will pick you up and drop you off anywhere a car can go. Parking lots and pull-outs along Ruston Way make great meeting places and give you quick access to local restaurants and shops. Designated pick-up and drop-off areas at Tacoma Dome Station and Commerce Street make transferring to and from your bus a breeze.

Things to remember:

No cash fare payment. You must use the app or call to book a ride. No flagging down the vehicle for a ride. Service animals are welcome on board but we cannot accommodate pets. The service is open to anyone but is not designed to accommodate large groups. When booking your trip for more than one person, remember to specify how many people are riding together in your group. This is a pilot project and service may be limited especially at peak times and when events are happening in the zone.

Standard service update due to COVID

CLEAN & DISINFECT VEHICLE
After each ride team members pay special attention to spray the surfaces that they and passengers frequently come in contact with.

HEALTHY DRIVERS If a team member has a mild illness, respiratory symptoms, or has a fever (100.4 F or above), they stay home and keep away from others.

GOOD HYGIENE Team members wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to disinfect their hands. They don’t touch their face with unwashed hands. They do cover a cough or sneeze. Team members have masks and gloves. They may also use gowns, face shields and a plastic barrier in the vehicle.

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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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