Pierce Transit Kicks Off its Recovery Plan for Updating Transit Service
Pierce Transit, like all transit agencies nationally, has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the March 2020 Shelter in Place orders went into effect, Pierce Transit made changes to transit service to better serve those that relied on transit the most. Other reductions in service were also made due to staffing shortages that have persisted beyond the pandemic. Even though the health emergency has been lifted, Pierce Transit has been unable to fully restore service due to a lack of bus operators. Currently, only about 80 percent of pre-COVID trips are operating, some routes with less frequency than before.
As people have begun to go back to work and businesses are reopening, Pierce Transit has launched its Bus System Recovery Plan to strategically increase transit service. The Bus System Recovery Plan will help Pierce Transit better understand our customers’ current needs and how to bounce back from the impacts of COVID, including recommendations for service options that can help improve mobility for all residents, current riders, and future riders.