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Snow Routes

The maps below show what your routes will be doing if they are on snow detour.

The following routes are most likely to be affected by severe weather. You may board your bus along the unaffected portions of the route.

Every attempt will be made to continue wheelchair-accessible service. However, occasionally sand and salt (Downtown and East Tacoma)interfere with the lift mechanism. Call 253.581.8000 before heading to your bus stop. Snowy weather may cause delays and temporary detours, but our transit operators and support staff work to give you the best service possible.

For information about routes currently on detour, please visit Pierce Transit’s home page or Stay Connected by receiving text alerts HERE. To speak with a customer service representative call 253.581.8000 (Press 1 three times).

Tips for riding the bus in snow and ice:
  • Wait for the bus at the top or bottom of the hill closest to the stop.
  • Signal the bus so that the operator has plenty of time to stop.
  • Wait until the bus stops and the door opens before approaching the bus.
  • Use handrails when getting on and off the bus.
  • Wear highly visible and warm clothing.

Snow Circulator

2021 snow circulator map
When the roads are too slick for regular buses to safely travel in and out of downtown Tacoma, we will place our routes on snow detour. All Pierce Transit buses (except Route 63) that normally stop at Commerce Street will take a safer route to 10th & Yakima where you can make connections to other routes.

To get in or out of downtown Tacoma, go to any bus stop on the green or purple routes shown here and take the Snow Circulator vans to 10th & Yakima to transfer to your regular bus. The circulators are small, chained vehicles with a Snow Circulator sign on the side.

Snow Detour Maps

  • Route 1 – 6th Ave–Pacific Ave

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 1

    No service between S 9th & Commerce and 6th Ave & Yakima, S 9th & Pacific to Pacific & S 38th

  • Route 2 – S 19th St–Bridgeport

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 2No service between S 9th St & Commerce and S 19th St & S J St

  • Route 3 – Lakewood–Tacoma

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 3No Stops between Commerce and Center at M Street

  • Route 4 – Lakewood–South Hill

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 4

    No service on Meridian, 43rd, 10th St E or 39th SE to Pierce College in Puyallup. No service on 112th SW St between Pacific Ave and C St.

  • Route 10 – Pearl St

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 10

    No service on N 26th St, Vassault or Highlands

  • Route 11 – Point Defiance

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 11

    No service on S 9th St, Market St, or St Helens Ave

  • Route 13 – N 30th St

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 13

    No service on D St, Dock St, S 9th St, Market St, St Helens, Tacoma Ave, N McCarver, N 30th, or on N Proctor between N 26th and N 30th.

  • Route 16 – North End

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 16

    No service on S 9th St, Market St, St Helens Ave

  • Route 28 – S 12th St

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 28

    No service on S 11th St, S 13th St, or Ernest S Brazill St between A St and MLK Jr. Way

  • Route 41 – S 56th St–Salishan (Downtown and East Tacoma)

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 41

    DOWNTOWN
    No service on Pacific Ave, or Commerce St

    EAST TACOMA
    No service on Roosevelt Ave, E 32nd St, E 44th St, or E 56th St between Portland Ave and McKinley Ave.

  • Route 42 – McKinley Ave

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 41

    No service between E 34th and McKinley to Commerce

  • Route 45 – Yakima

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 45

    No service on S 9th St between Commerce and Yakima

  • Route 48 – Sheridan–M St

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 48

    No service on S 13th St between Commerce and Yakima Ave

  • Route 53 – University Place & Tacoma Mall TC

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 53

    No service along Mildred, 27th St W, Grandview, 40th St W and Emerson. No service on portions of S Oakes and S 66th St.

  • Route 57 – Union–S 19th St–Hilltop

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 57

    No service on portions of S 9th St and S J St. No Service on MLK Jr Way, S 25th or State.

  • Route 63 – NE Tacoma Express

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 63

    No service west of 49th Ave NE & 340th

  • Route 100 – Gig Harbor

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 100

    No service on Soundview, Olympic Dr, & Hunt

  • Route 102 – Gig Harbor–Tacoma Express

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    Route 102 has been discontinued until further notice. Alternative services include Route 100 and Sound Transit Route 595 to Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, with connecting bus routes to downtown Tacoma. For more route updates, news, or questions visit PierceTransit.org or contact us at 253.581.8000

  • Route 212 – Steilacoom

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 212

    Buses travel on Steilacoom Blvd to and from Steilacoom. No service on Rigney Rd, Roe, Lexington, Main, Commercial, Union or Sequalish

  • Route 214 – Washington

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 214

    On Pierce College campus, no service at bus stop by Cascade Bldg. Bus will travel on Upper Perimeter Road and will not continue into Steilacoom

  • Route 400 – Puyallup–Downtown Tacoma

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 400

    Route 400 in Puyallup:
    No service on 9th St SW between 9th Ave SW and 31st St

    Route 400 in Tacoma:
    No service between 24th & Pacific, and Commerce & 10th

  • Route 402 - Meridian

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 402

    No service between Valley Ave & Meridian and Pacific Hwy & Enchanted Parkway

  • Route 425 - Puyallup Connector

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 425

    Route 425 remains on Meridian Ave, except to serve Good Samaritan Hospital

    No service on 7th St SE, 15th Ave SE, or 43rd Ave.

    No service on 5th St SE, 27th Ave SE, or 31st Ave SE

  • Route 500 & 501 – in Downtown Tacoma

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 500

    No service between Pacific & 24th, and Commerce & 10th

  • Route 501 – Milton–Federal Way

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    2021 Snow Maps (website) - Route 501

    Snow route will serve 70th Ave at 20th St East, and travel north on Pacific Hwy to Federal Way Transit Center

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Trip Planner Help

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  • 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.)
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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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