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UPDATED High Capacity Transit Open Houses

Pierce Transit is studying the feasibility of placing High Capacity Transit (HCT) along a 14.4-mile corridor on Pacific Avenue/SR 7 between downtown Tacoma and Spanaway. The 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 corridor is identified in Pierce Transit’s Long Range Plan as one that may be better served by HCT in order to keep up with and adequately serve the projected growth in this area. Currently 55,000 residents live within a half-mile of the corridor and 31,500 jobs are located along it.

High Capacity Transit systems are designed to carry larger numbers of riders with greater speed, reliability and frequency than a standard fixed route bus. HCT modes include rail, such as light rail and street car, and bus rapid transit, which emulates light rail using rubber-tired vehicles. HCT transit stations have additional amenities, such as real-time arrival information, raised platforms and off-board fare payment to reduce the time a vehicle must dwell at the stop and speed up service.

The HCT feasibility study is intended to:

  • Identify a preferred method of better connecting the southern end of Pierce Transit’s service area (Spanaway) to downtown Tacoma;
  • Identify cost-effective enhancements that will increase transit ridership by improving the speed, reliability and comfort of the service;
  • Support local and regional goals of stimulating urban infill projects through compact land use, transit-oriented development and targeted employment growth; and
  • Improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and other corridor users.

Pierce Transit is holding four open houses in September and four in November related to the HCT feasibility study. At the September open houses attendees will learn about:

  • The HCT study and the corridor’s existing needs;
  • HCT concepts, potential transit options and current bus service issues in the corridor; and
  • Potential growth and needs for transit service.

Those attending the open houses will also have an opportunity to provide input on how they believe a new rapid transit service in the corridor may benefit them; which HCT service they think would be best for the corridor (light rail; streetcar; bus rapid transit); and where HCT stations should be considered.

The open houses will take place at the following times, dates and locations:

Wednesday, Sept. 13
4 – 7 p.m.
UW-Tacoma campus
Russell T. Joy Building, Room 211
1718 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Thursday, Sept. 14
4 – 7 p.m.
Pacific Lutheran University
Anderson University Center, Room 133
Park Ave. S. and 122nd St. S., Tacoma

Tuesday, Sept. 19
5 – 8 p.m.
Stewart Middle School
Commons Area
5010 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Wednesday, Sept. 20
4 – 7 p.m.
Spanaway Elementary School
Multipurpose/Gym
412 – 165th St. S., Spanaway

At the November open houses attendees will learn about preliminary HCT alternatives, design and transit features, and criteria that will be used to select the preferred HCT mode. The public will also have an opportunity to provide input on which HCT design concepts best meet their needs or interests, and which HCT alternative they believe Pierce Transit should select. Those open houses will be held at the following times, dates and locations:

Tuesday, Nov. 14
4 – 7 p.m.
UW-Tacoma campus
Russell T. Joy Building, Room 211
1718 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Wednesday, Nov. 15
1 – 4 p.m.
Pacific Lutheran University
Anderson University Center, Room 201
Park Ave. S. and 122nd St. S., Tacoma

Wednesday, Nov. 15
5 – 8 p.m.
Stewart Middle School
Commons Area
5010 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Thursday, Nov. 16
4 – 7 p.m.
Spanaway Elementary School
Library
412 – 165th St. S., Spanaway

Those that cannot attend an open house may participate in a Virtual Open House by visiting piercetransit.org/HCT-feasibility-study/. Questions and comments may be emailed to hct@piercetransit.org.
Pierce Transit expects to select a preferred alternative by summer 2018, followed by design and construction, with service slated to begin in late 2022.

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Schools & Colleges: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College

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