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WORKPLACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS

Pierce Transit works with employers to develop transportation programs that help employees improve their commutes. We provide one-on-one assistance in setting up ORCA Business accounts to subsidize transit passes, forming vanpools and vanshares, educating employees and managers through on-site meetings and providing incentives to encourage smart commutes. We work with businesses of all sizes. For information about setting up a workplace transportation program, call us at 253.983.3792 or CommuteSolutions@PierceTransit.org.

We offer a variety of free services designed to support a transportation program that's just right for your business and employees.

Program Materials
The following materials are available at no cost to businesses in Pierce County:

  • Brochures and Posters; Vanpool, RideshareOnline.com and more
  • Pierce Transit and Sound Transit brochures

Presentations and Education
Pierce Transit's staff is happy to present to employees, managers, and other interested parties on topics such as the benefits of commute options, how to overcome transportation barriers, and the value of ORCA (One Regional Card for All) Business Accounts.

Transportation Fairs and Events
Pierce Transit's staff is available to attend transportation fairs and other special events. We will assist with forming vanpools, share transit information and connect employees with transportation resources.

We will also meet with employees in a round-table environment to educate and inform them on commute options.

ORCA tacoma trophy owner standing in front of shop

Congratulations to Tacoma Trophy for having the highest average ridership per employee in 2021.

“I, personally, rely on transit to get to meetings, events and activities outside of our store. Over the years, I noticed that many of our employees took the bus, at least occasionally. When I learned of the opportunity to provide the regional ORCA passes to our employees, I immediately recognized the economic value it presented. The ORCA pass not only provides an easy and convenient way for our employees to get to and from work, but some of our employees also make the most of the benefit on their days off by taking the Sounder to Seattle, connecting to light rail and Metro routes and then returning home to Pierce County, easily and efficiently.”
-Judi B


ORCA bates woman standing in front of studentCongratulations to Bates Technical College for having the highest average ridership per student in 2021, for higher education organizations.

"At Bates we transform lives, giving students the opportunity to become the best version of themselves. With economic inflation, many of our students became transportation insecure. Our student government wanted to remove that barrier, creating more equitable access to our three campuses and the opportunities Bates offers. Partnering with ORCA was the most logical choice, and our students have been happy."
-Juliette K


ORCA vadis woman standing in front of headquartersCongratulations to Vadis for having the highest average ridership per client in 2021.

"I know how important it is for our clients to be able to benefit from this. "
-Kathy H


ORCA summit kids in front of schoolCongratulations to Summit Public Schools for having the highest average ridership per student in 2021, for primary and secondary education organizations.

"We provide ORCA cards to our students because we are committed to ensuring every student has a safe, reliable way to get to an from school. "
-Stefan S


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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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