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We're More Than Just the Bus


 

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 Bus

Pierce Transit bus service offers reliable transportation, connecting communities with frequent routes, and a commitment to sustainability and accessibility.

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 Rideshare

Driving to work on your own puts wear and tear on your vehicle and a dent in your wallet. Pierce Transit provides you with a vehicle to share your commute.

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 SHUTTLE

Pierce Transit’s ADA paratransit SHUTTLE is a shared-ride service for people who, because of their disability, are unable to ride a regular Pierce Transit bus.

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 Runner

Runner is an innovative and affordable transit solution that provides on-demand trips within several dedicated zones where traditional bus service is limited.

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Local Transit Helps Address Key Challenges

Based on feedback from regular public engagement and data, Pierce Transit strategically provides transit services based on needs. This meets challenges in our area head-on and helps bridge gaps in our community.
 

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Growth

Current projections indicate we’ll grow by 275,668 people (a 30% increase) and see 117,800 new jobs come to our area by 2044.

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Congestion

Each year 12,000 new Pierce County residents need transportation. That’s a lot of new traffic on our already busy roads.

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Equity

A thriving community needs equitable transit options for people to access jobs, schools, doctors, housing, and groceries.

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Who benefits? Everyone.

From reducing commuter stress to increasing equity, we orient everything we do around helping our community, benefitting riders and residents alike.
 

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High Need Areas

Looking at key socioeconomic data, we provide service in areas with high minorities and/or low incomes, helping to establish greater equity.

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Youth & Seniors

By educating students and senior adults on how they can use public transit to access all our area has to offer, we help them become and stay mobile.

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Local Business

Increased service means an increase in accessibility to businesses. This attracts more development helping to strengthen our area’s economy.

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Residents

A strong public transit system creates a healthier community by increasing access and opportunity for everyone.

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Non-Profits

We help those who help others by providing non-profits with tools like retired vans and discounted transit passes.

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Emergency Responders

We transport people to cooling and warming centers, and work with emergency responders to help with urgent evacuations.

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Commuters

Reliable, consistent local transit provides a viable commuting solution, taking vehicles off the road and reducing congestion.

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We Do a Lot With Less

Compared to similar transit agencies, Pierce Transit has been operating at a significantly lower sales tax rate (our main source of funding).

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Services Provided

bus, paratransit, rideshare, microtransit

292

Square Miles

of service area

13

Cities/Towns Served

and parts of unincorporated Pierce County

31

Local Bus Routes

5.5M

Rides Annually

data from 2022

877

Employees

88% service/maintenance, 12% admin

85%

Funding From Sales Tax

0.6%

Sales Tax

Pierce Transit also receives funding from Sound Transit for contracted services


Sales Tax for Comparable Transit Agencies under PTBA* Authority

Graph of the tax revenue comparable transit agencies collect

*Public Transportation Benefit Area

In order to adequately help the Pierce County area address growth, congestion, and equity challenges, we’ll also need to grow with it.

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We want to hear from you!

Do you have a story about how Pierce Transit has helped you? Do you have a question about our services? Let us know by clicking on the appropriate tab below.
 

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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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