- Getting Around
What is the zone?
The zone is the area served by Pierce Transit Runner. It encompasses Tacoma's Ruston Way, some of the Town of Ruston, a section of Dock Street and part of the Tideflats. Check out the map for a complete view. You can board the Ruston Runner at 10th & Commerce Street Zone A, and at Tacoma Dome Station west of the bus platform’s Zone A. The zone is active 7 days per week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Why should I try Pierce Transit Runner?The waterfront offers a lot of different things to see and do for locals and visitors alike. Parking along the waterfront and Dock Street can be challenging, but if you take Pierce Transit Runner, you can leave your car at home. If you live in the zone, you can use Pierce Transit Runner to connect to local and regional transit hubs to get to school or work. If you work in the zone, you can combine Pierce Transit Runner with a bus or train ride to get from a transit hub to your workplace. When visiting multiple waterfront attractions, Pierce Transit Runner can be used to move throughout the corridor. Bikes are welcome on board as space allows.
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 those with Regional Reduced Fare Permit
- FREE for Youth riders 18 and younger (must show Youth ORCA card).
There are no fareboxes on board the Ruston Runner vehicles so cash fares cannot be accepted.
There are three ways to pay:
- Use the Passage: Transit Ticketing app with mobile fare of your choice (One Ride Ticket, All Day Pass or 30 Day Pass)
- Show the driver your valid ORCA card
- Show the driver your valid All Day Pass
How is Pierce Transit Runner operated?The Ruston Runner is provided in partnership with MedStar, a Washington-based company that specializes in accessible, user-friendly transportation. The vans used for Pierce Transit’s Ruston Runner can accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles, so the service is easy for anyone to use. These vehicles will pick you up and drop you off anywhere a car can go. Parking lots and pull-outs along Ruston Way make great meeting places and give you quick access to local restaurants and shops. Designated pick-up and drop-off areas at Tacoma Dome Station and Commerce Street make transferring to and from buses a breeze.
Things to remember:
No cash fares are accepted. You must use the app or call to book a ride. Vehicles may be flagged down for a ride. Service animals are welcome on board but we cannot accommodate pets. The service is open to anyone but is not designed to accommodate large groups. When booking your trip for more than one person, remember to specify how many people are riding together in your group. This is a pilot project and service may be limited especially at peak times and when events are happening in the zone.
Ruston Runner service will not operate on the following holidays:
- July 4th
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day