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PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGES FOR ROUTES 903/63

  • Based on low ridership, Pierce Transit proposes to discontinue the Route 903 extension contract with King County for the September 22, 2019 service change
  • Pierce Transit would extend the Route 63 to the current terminus of 903 extension at 45th St NE and Nassau Ave NE (Center at Norpoint)
  • Pierce Transit would apply resources from the Route 903 to add two additional Route 63 northbound afternoon trips and one additional Route 63 southbound morning trip
  • Riders also continue to have access to from NE Tacoma to Tacoma Dome Station via the Limited Access Connections pilot with Lyft through the end of the year
Proposed Route Change

Background

  • Beginning with the September 2015 service change, Pierce Transit (PT) entered contract with King County Metro Transit (KCM) to extend the KCM Route 903 into Northeast Tacoma to cover a portion of the eliminated PT Route 62
  • 2018 ridership data indicates that the 903 extension results in 8 average weekday boardings, or 1.6 boardings per revenue hour; about 2% 63 riders transfer from 903
  • Annual cost of Route 903 extension is approximately $155,000 per year, equivalent to approximately 1,000 service hours
  • Survey of existing Route 63 riders indicates desire for more late-morning and early afternoon trips


Impacts

  • One-seat ride will be eliminated from NE Tacoma to Federal Way TC
  • However, transfers to KCM 182, 187, and 903 are still possible
  • 15 stops eliminated, estimated at 3-4 total average weekday boardings
  • Loss of ~8 average weekday boardings on Route 903; expected to be more than offset by additional Route 63 service
  • Small change to Pierce Transit SHUTTLE service area but will not affect existing clients
  • A Title VI equity analysis was completed on this service change and found that there are no disparate impacts nor disproportionate burdens on minority or low-income populations.
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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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