High Capacity Transit Study
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
- 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
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:
Why Consider HCT for Pacific Avenue | SR 7?
How you can get involved
More information will be available here as it's updated. You can also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunities to provide feedback at any time, contact Darin L. Stavish, AICP Principal Planner
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