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Pierce Transit Invites Public Input on Recovery Plan
August 2, 2023
Pierce Transit has launched its "Fixed Route System Recovery Plan" public involvement process to strategically increase transit service. The Plan will help Pierce Transit better understand customers’ current needs and how to bounce back from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including recommendations for service options that can help improve mobility for all residents, current riders, and future riders.
Pierce Transit, like all transit agencies nationally, has been deeply impacted by the pandemic. Beginning in March 2020, Pierce Transit made service adjustments to ensure those relying on transit service could get where they needed to go, including essential workers providing health care and other critical services. Other reductions in service were made due to staffing shortages that have persisted beyond the pandemic.
Many things have changed over the past three years, including people’s travel patterns and transportation needs, and Pierce Transit is seeking to reallocate resources to where the public needs them most. The agency invites Pierce Transit riders and the community at large to voice their priorities for the future of local transit by completing a Build Your Own System survey. Although pre-COVID service levels cannot be restored immediately, public input will help select the improvements that matter most to the community.
The survey is available at PierceTransitSurvey.com through August 31. Pierce Transit staff will also have the survey available at their booth at community events in August. The feedback the agency receives will be combined with statistics such as bus boardings, passenger demographics and other data, and developed into proposed improvements that will be presented to the public for further input.
Pierce Transit has been serving the people of Pierce County with local transit services since 1980. In 2022, Pierce Transit provided about 5.5 million rides to people who used the service for everything from getting to jobs and school, to accessing health care.
For information on services provided by Pierce Transit, visit PierceTransit.org.