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CHI Franciscan Holiday Express

Take the free CHI Franciscan Holiday Express to Zoolights

New service takes you right to the gate at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Starting Thursday (Dec. 14), the CHI Franciscan Holiday Express will take visitors to Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

Passengers can board the direct service at the Tacoma Community College Transit Center and enjoy the ride to the zoo’s front gate. After enjoying the display of more than a half-million lights, simply catch a return trip to TCC.

Both the bus and parking are free, courtesy of CHI Franciscan Health, Pierce Transit and Metro Parks Tacoma.

The service will feature two of the trolleys used last summer for the Downtown to Defiance route, as well as supplemental service by regular buses on busy weekend nights. Zoolights visitors still have the option to park at the zoo.

“Thanks to this partnership with CHI Franciscan Health and Pierce Transit, Zoolights visitors have another option for getting to experience one of the best holiday displays in the region,” said Shon Sylvia, executive director of Metro Parks Tacoma.

Zoolights visitors can avoid lines at the gate by purchasing discounted tickets online or at any Fred Meyer location, including the store at 19th and Mildred, across the street from TCC.

Zoolights runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1, except for Dec. 24, Christmas Eve. Holiday Express buses will run every half hour from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

CHI Franciscan Holiday Express

  • What: Free parking and bus service to and from Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
  • When: 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly from Dec. 14, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018, except Dec. 24
  • Where: Round trip between Tacoma Community College Transit Center and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
  • Holiday Express cost: Free
  • Zoolights prices, hours and tips: Visit the PDZA.org website.



Last trip leaves from Zoolights at 10:00 pm to return to TCC Transit Center.


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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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