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Pierce Transit is excited to announce a one-year pilot project funded through FTA’s Mobility On Demand (MOD) Sandbox research grant. Our demonstration project was one of 11 selected from across the nation to help determine how transit agencies might best work with Transportation Networking Companies and other on-demand service providers to benefit riders. We hope to begin the project in late Spring 2017.

These services will increase throughput at stations served by parking-constrained Park & Ride lots, provide connections to existing bus routes, and provide rides home outside of regular service hours. These rides are more cost-effective than fixed route demonstration projects previously executed to meet many of the same needs. This pilot will test another mode to provide transportation services to underserved groups using the latest technology available.


  • First/last mile solution: for riders needing transportation to or from transit because their start or end point lies beyond a half-mile from nearest transit access
  • Guaranteed ride home: for riders travelling home after transit service has stopped for the night in select zones.
  • Commute congestion relief: for riders going to and from crowded Park & Ride lots and Sounder Transit stations during peak commute hours on weekdays.

In most cases, customers will have less than a 20 minute wait for service. 
Broad segments of riders will be able to request rides through an app with which they are already familiar.
The accessibility of transit options will also increase.

Accessibility: those without smartphone access or without means to establish a Transportation Network Company (TNC) account, and those who need a wheelchair accessible vehicle will be provided an alternative method with which to access this service.

Zones (descriptions and map below):

  1. Parkland/Spanaway/University Place:  In areas with limited service, provide connection to nearest time point or route to those customers who cannot otherwise reach a bus stop.  This will include conditionally eligible paratransit customers who otherwise could not reach traditional fixed route bus services. Pierce Transit will contract to provide wheelchair accessible vehicles.
  2. Puyallup Commuter:  Rides to/from points within the described zone to/from the Puyallup Transit Center or Puyallup Sounder Station between the hours of 5am and 7pm Monday through Friday (excluding public holidays).
  3. SR 512 Park & Ride Commuter:  Rides to points within the described zone to/from the SR 512 Park & Ride during construction between the hours of 5am and 7pm Monday through Friday (excluding public holidays).
  4. Browns Point/NE Tacoma Connection:  During the mid-day and weekends, when Route 63 is not operating, provide feeder service to the Tacoma Dome Station multimodal facility.
  5. Nighttime Guaranteed Ride Home:  Rides home for students taking night classes at Pierce College Puyallup and/or patients at dialysis centers in South Hill; service to home addresses within or immediately bordering the PTBA  on weekdays within one-hour window after last night class/appointment ends.

TNC Zone Pairing

Read the TNT article HERE

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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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