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New Trips, New Ways to Get Info!

With its March 11 service change, Pierce Transit will add 25 more trips across a variety of routes, as well as adjust schedules on many routes to more closely match travel times and ensure on-time arrivals. The agency is also rolling out a new way for riders and community members to get up-to-the-minute information about route detours and other items of interest. 

Pierce Transit has restored 71,000 hours of transit service since 2015 – a 16 percent boost. In March 2017, the agency implemented a more efficient routing system with more direct routes and faster service between locations, as well as more frequent service and service later into the evenings on weekdays. In September 2017 Pierce Transit enhanced weekend service, and this month the agency is adding more trips and adjusting schedules to enhance on-time performance.

Customers will find specific information about the new trips and schedule adjustments by visiting www.piercetransit.org/pierce-transit-routes and scrolling to “What’s New – Effective March 11, 2018.” Riders may also obtain route information and trip planning assistance by calling Pierce Transit’s Customer Services office at 253.581.8000 weekdays between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Starting this month Pierce Transit is offering customers and other community members a new way to stay informed about issues of interest at Pierce Transit, as well as receive route-specific alerts. To sign up, visit piercetransit.org and see the “Stay Connected” box. Visitors may sign up to receive:

  • Via text message:  Route-specific alerts and snow detours; and
  • Via email:  Pierce Transit’s quarterly CEO E-newsletter, general news and announcements, vanpool information, employment opportunities, information about the Bus Rapid Transit project along Pacific Ave./SR 7, and Pierce Trips information.
For more information about Pierce Transit’s services, visit piercetransit.org.

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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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