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High Capacity Transit Study


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Pierce Transit, working in partnership with the City of Tacoma, Pierce County, Sound Transit, Washington State DOT, and other agencies, is conducting a High Capacity Transit (HCT) study of the 14-mile corridor along Pacific Avenue | SR 7 between downtown Tacoma and Spanaway. This corridor is currently served by Pierce Transit’s Route 1, which has the highest ridership in the system with nearly 6,000 boardings per weekday.

The HCT feasibility study is intended to:

  • Identify cost-effective enhancements that will increase transit ridership by improving the speed, reliability, and comfort of the service
  • Better connect the southern end of the Pierce Transit service area (Spanaway) to Downtown Tacoma, a Regional Growth Center
  • Support local and regional goals of stimulating urban infill projects through compact land use, transit-oriented development, and targeted growth in employment
  • Improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other corridor users

What is High Capacity Transit?

High Capacity Transit (HCT) systems are designed to carry larger number of riders with greater speed, reliability, and frequency than a standard bus. HCT includes rail modes, such as light rail and streetcar, and bus rapid transit (BRT), which emulates light rail using rubber-tired vehicles. The most appropriate HCT mode for Pacific Avenue | SR 7 will be determined by the level of ridership and cost.

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



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

Scroll down this page for information on open houses scheduled for November 2017




Documents



Purpose & Need

HCT Purpose and Need


Existing & Future Conditions

HCT Existing and Future Conditions


Fact Sheet

HCT Fact Sheet


Open Houses

Learn about:

  • The HCT Study and the corridor’s existing needs
  • HCT concepts, potential transit options, corridor bus service issues
  • Potential growth and needs for transit service

Provide your input on:

  • How a new rapid transit service in the corridor would benefit you
  • What HCT service is best for the corridor (light rail, streetcar, bus rapid transit)
  • Where HCT stations should be considered


Virtual Open House

Can't make it to one of our open houses? Not a problem. We've created a Virtual Open House where you can learn more about HCT and provide feedback.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

UW-Tacoma Campus
William W. Philip Hall – Milgard Family Assembly Room - Room 101
1918 Pacific Avenue


Tuesday, November 14
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Pacific Lutheran University
Anderson University Center – Room 201
Park Avenue S and 122nd Street S, Tacoma 98447


Wednesday, November 15
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Stewart Middle School
Commons Area
5010 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma 98408


Wednesday, November 15
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spanaway Elementary School
Library
 412 165th Street S
Spanaway 98387


Thursday, November 16
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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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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