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HCT Brochure

High Capacity Transit Study


high capacity transit project
Pierce Transit, working in partnership with the City of Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington State Department of Transportation, Sound Transit, Puget Sound Regional Council, and other agencies, is conducting a high capacity transit (HCT) study of a 14-mile corridor along Pacific Avenue | SR 7 between downtown Tacoma and Spanaway.

Why Conduct This Study?

Pacific Avenue | SR 7 is Pierce Transit’s highest fixed route ridership corridor, with about 6,000 boardings on an average weekday. Transit improvements could:

  • Add capacity and relieve current overcrowding on buses
  • Make the service faster and more reliable
  • Increase access to transit for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Provide signature stations with such features as real-time arrival information, ticket vending machines and ORCA readers, and other amenities to enhance comfort and passenger boarding
  • Preferred Corridor Service: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

    After analyzing various rail and bus-based options, BRT was determined to best serve the Pacific Avenue | SR 7 corridor. BRT provides many of the features of light rail, but at a much reduced cost. In addition, the flexibility of BRT service allows it to work within corridor constraints and reduce impacts.

    Typical BRT Elements

    BRT service on Pacific Avenue | SR 7 would include the following:

    • More frequent service that is travel time competitive with automobiles
    • Transit signal priority, which allows the bus to reduce delays from traffic lights
    • Optimized spacing between stations or stops
    • Enhanced stations with shelters, raised platforms for easier (level) boarding, and improved lighting
    • An off-board fare collection system that speeds boarding by allowing riders to enter at any door
    • Unique vehicles that carry more passengers, have room for bicycles on board, and provide easier access for people who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices
    • A uniquely branded system that is easy to understand and use

Why Consider HCT for Pacific Avenue | SR 7?

The corridor stretches 14.4 miles from Spanaway to downtown Tacoma
Pacific Avenue | SR 7 is Pierce Transit’s highest ridership corridor 5,950 average weekday boardings and over 18% of total fixed route ridership system wide
Approximately 55,000 residents live within a half-mile of the corridor, and that number will increase by an estimated 25% by 2040
The current 31,500 jobs located along the corridor will increase to an estimated 59,000 by 2040
Approximately 11% of the people living along the corridor are dependent on transit for their travel needs
Over a five-year period from 2012 through 2016, there were 13 fatal crashes along the corridor, 6 of which were pedestrians or bicyclists
5 nodes within the project study area have been designated as Growing Transit Communities by the Puget Sound Regional Council


Study Process

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How you can get involved


More information will be available here as it's updated. You can also email questions to hct@piercetransit.org

Opportunities to provide feedback at any time, contact Darin L. Stavish, AICP Principal Planner
 253.983.3329



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Documents



Purpose & Need

HCT Purpose and Need


Existing & Future Conditions

HCT Existing and Future Conditions


Fact Sheet

HCT Fact Sheet


Fact Sheet in Spanish

fact sheet in spanish


Mode Selection Report
Mode Selection Report

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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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