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What is the Pierce Transit Runner?

Pierce Transit Runner is on-demand public transportation that allows you to book rides straight from your phone within dedicated micro transit zones. Currently, we offer the JBLM, Ruston, and Tideflats Runner services. Each service has its own zone or designated pick-up/drop-off spots where this may be an ideal option for “first and last mile” connections between your starting point and other transit services. Point to point trips are also allowed anywhere within some Runner zones.

On-Demand Services

Runner point to point icon Plan trips anywhere within a designated zone (Ruston Runner & Tideflats Runner)
Runner point to hub icon Plan trips to and from transit and community hubs (Spanaway Runner)
Runner stop to stop icon Plan trips to and from designated bus stops (JBLM Runner)

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Helpful Tips

  • Depending on the Runner service, you may call for a ride, or book a trip using the Goin App. Click on one of the Runner links above for details.
  • Specify your group size where applicable (not designed to accommodate large groups)
  • You can also catch a Runner while it’s out and about in the Ruston or Tideflats zones; just walk up and request a ride. Look for the sign on the dashboard indicating availability.
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What does it cost to ride and how do I pay?

Pierce Transit Runner has the same fare as riding a Pierce Transit bus:
  • $2.00 for an adult
  • $1.00 for youth or those with Regional Reduced Fare Permit
There are no fareboxes on board the Pierce Transit Runner vehicles so cash fares cannot be accepted.
 

There are three ways to pay:

  1. Use the Passage: Transit Ticketing app with mobile fare of your choice (One Ride Ticket, All Day Pass or 30-Day Pass)
  2. Show the driver your valid ORCA card
  3. Show the driver your valid All Day Pass

How is Pierce Transit Runner operated?

  • Pierce Transit provides on-demand services through a combination of local funds and grant awards.
  • All on-demand services and vehicles accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles.
  • On-demand services are designed to connect patrons to transit centers, bus stops, employment and retail opportunities.

Things to remember:

  • No Cash Fare Payments Accepted​

  • Use Goin App to book a ride​

  • Use Bytemark app to pay for a trip​

  • Specify your group size where applicable (not designed to accommodate large groups)​

  • Pierce Transit Runners uses wheelchair and bike accessible vehicles


Standard service update due to COVID

CLEAN & DISINFECT VEHICLE
After each ride team members pay special attention to spray the surfaces that they and passengers frequently come in contact with.

HEALTHY DRIVERS If a team member has a mild illness, respiratory symptoms, or has a fever (100.4 F or above), they stay home and keep away from others.

GOOD HYGIENE Team members wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to disinfect their hands. They don’t touch their face with unwashed hands. They do cover a cough or sneeze. Team members have masks and gloves. They may also use gowns, face shields and a plastic barrier in the vehicle.

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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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