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Coming Soon to Pierce County
Pierce Transit is studying the feasibility of implementing Bus Rapid Transit along a 14.4-mile corridor on Pacific Avenue | SR 7 between downtown Tacoma and Spanaway.
The corridor is currently served by Pierce Transit’s Route 1, which has the highest ridership of any route averaging 5,950 weekdays boardings. Riders currently board this 14.4-mile portion of the Route 1 nearly 3,500 times each weekday and make up 65 percent of the route’s ridership.
What is Bus Rapid Transit?
Bus Rapid Transit systems are designed to carry larger numbers of riders with greater speed, reliability and frequency than a standard fixed-route bus. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is:
- Safe, fast, and reliable transportation that will connect the South Sound community
- A time-saving escape from gridlock with relaxing, frequent service and state-of-the-art buses with amenities such as Wi-Fi and multiple boarding doors that can comfortably hold up to 90 passengers.
- A fast ride that rivals car travel times, with buses arriving every 10-15 minutes
- New BRT Stations will feature pre-payment options, real-time travel info and weather protection.
- Accessible to all with level boarding for bikes, strollers, wheel chairs and pedestrians
- Environmentally-friendly, high-speed transit for a fraction of the cost of rail modes
- A uniquely branded system that is easy to understand and use
- An economic development catalyst through infrastructure and streetscape improvements
Get Involved! Participate at one of these OPEN HOUSES.
|Monday, SEPT. 10 |
13718 Pacific Ave S
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Served by Route 1
|Wednesday, SEPT. 12 |
UW Tacoma - William Phillip Hall - Jane Thompson Russell Student Commons - Room WPH 101A
1918 Pacific Ave
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Served by Routes 1, 2, 3, 41, 42, 63, 102, 400, 500, and 501 & ST Link light rail
|Tuesday, SEPT. 18|
Fern Hill Library
765 S 84th St
3 – 5 p.m.
Served by Route 45
|Wednesday, SEPT. 19 |
215 S 56th St
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Served by Routes 1, 41
|Tuesday, SEPT. 25 |
Sprinker Recreation Center
14824 C St
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Served by Route 1
|Thursday, SEPT. 27|
Pacific Lutheran University - Anderson University Center Room 133
12598 Park Ave S
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Served by Routes 1, 55
Why is BRT Better?
Why Consider BRT for Pacific Avenue | SR 7?
- The study began in early 2017 by looking at the feasibility of High Capacity Transit along this corridor. High Capacity Transit (HCT) can take several forms, including light rail, commuter rail, bus rapid transit and rapid streetcar.
- In 2017, Pierce Transit held six open houses to share information about High Capacity Transit and solicit feedback. We have also met with dozens of stakeholders in the area, and solicited feedback and shared information online.
- After reviewing several HCT mode options and gathering public input, Bus Rapid Transit rose to the top as the preferred option based on several factors, including lower cost and more flexibility.
- In 2018, we have entered a new phase of the study to develop a recommended “Locally Preferred Alternative” that includes the recommended mode (BRT vs. other modes), termini (where it begins and ends), and the alignment (route). The Pierce Transit Board adopted the LPA at its July 9, 2018 meeting. The LPA included mode-BRT, termini and alignment. Our next step is to develop recommended station locations and lane configurations.
- We will hold a series of open houses in September to share information and gather input. Stay tuned for dates.
- The full study is expected to wrap up in 2019.
- The project team will work with the community to select preferred station locations and the lane treatments..
- In September 2018, Pierce Transit will apply for federal funding for the remaining half of this $150 million project.
- Pierce Transit is coordinating with the Federal Transit Administration to determine the appropriate level of environmental review, which will likely be completed by April 2019.
- If funding is secured, the design/environmental and review/construction process could get underway in late 2018 or early 2019, with service beginning in late 2022.
How Can You Get Involved?
Visit us at www.RideBRT.com
Phone: Call Project Manager Tina Lee at 253.589.6887
Sign up to Receive Email Updates: Visit piercetransit.org/StayConnected, enter your email address, and select the “Pacific Ave./SR 7 Bus Rapid Transit Project” topic.
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What will BRT mean for economic development along the corridor?+
Typically, Bus Rapid Transit systems generate increased economic development along their corridors, as people have better access to educational, vocational and job opportunities, and businesses in the area. The City of Tacoma and Pierce County have already identified this corridor for higher-density, mixed-use, transit-oriented development.
Will BRT increase or decrease congestion?+
Congestion mitigation is one of the project’s primary goals. Faster, more frequent, more reliable service will provide a competitive alternative to driving, thereby reducing the number of cars in the corridor.
Will BRT require the removal of general-purpose lanes along the corridor?+
Plans currently outlined in the feasibility study do not call for the removal of any general-purpose lanes along the corridor. In some instances, a dedicated transit lane for buses and vehicles turning right may be added, or the bus may travel in the median lane, but the scenarios under consideration do not eliminate general-purpose traffic lanes. The 14.4-mile corridor has widely-varying travel configurations, so the portion of roadway where the bus runs will likely vary throughout the corridor. On-street or surface parking could change, depending on path of travel and station locations.
Is BRT a tested transit option?+
Yes, BRT is a rapidly-growing transit mode in Washington state. In the Puget Sound area, King County Metro has RapidRide and Community Transit has Swift. In Vancouver, C-TRAN recently opened The Vine, and Spokane Transit is in the planning stages for their inaugural BRT line.
How much do BRT projects typically cost?+
BRT projects typically cost about $10 million per mile. The Pacific Avenue | SR-7 BRT project is estimated to cost about $150 million (including vehicles). By contrast, street cars cost about $30 million per mile and light rail costs $200 million per mile.
How much faster will that 14.4-mile trip be once BRT is implemented?+
The answer to this question will depend on how much of the route will have dedicated transit lanes and how much time the bus will spend in mixed traffic. The more dedicated lanes, the faster the route will run. We will have a better sense of how much faster the trip will be once the lane configurations are selected in each segment of the corridor. Typically, BRT systems operate from 15-30 percent faster than the local fixed route. Since our current fixed route (Route 1) requires as much as 55 minutes to ride from Spanaway to downtown Tacoma, the agency will do whatever is possible to design a new BRT route that reduces that travel time by the maximum amount possible.