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Ruston Runner

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What is Pierce Transit Runner?

The Ruston Runner provides on-demand point to point public transportation services in a recreation zone along Ruston Way in Tacoma. By using vans, the Ruston Runner can successfully travel on the many narrow streets between Point Ruston and downtown Tacoma where full-size buses cannot go. The Ruston Runner is a great way for patrons to get to work, dining, shopping, parking and to the 10th & Commerce Transit Center. ​

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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.

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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.

How do I get a ride?

  • Book trips using your smart phone by downloading the Goin App​
  • If you don’t have a smart phone, you can call 253.270.1340 to schedule your trip.
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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 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:

  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?

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


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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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