Route Analysis | Lakewood
Eleven different routes converge on the Lakewood Transit Center, including three of the regional trunk routes. Many of the routes in Lakewood overlap each other. The recommended changes for the Lakewood area are designed to reduce overlap, redesign a major trunk route (Route 3) to operate more effectively as a regional connection between Lakewood, Tacoma Mall and downtown Tacoma, and improve frequency and span of service.
The crosstown function of Route 51 has not performed up to expectations in both the short- and long-term. Due to low performance, and the fact that almost all of this route’s alignment overlaps those of other routes, this crosstown service is consolidated with other routes. Service into the Springbrook neighborhood would continue to be provided by a revised Route 206.
Span and frequency improvements are made for most routes in Lakewood as well.
One of the primary recommendations is to restructure Route 3 to operate more effectively as a regional connection along a likely high capacity transit alignment (in the future) that connects Lakewood, Tacoma Mall, and downtown Tacoma. A restructured Route 3 would operate on S. Tacoma Way and replace the existing Route 300.
In order to create a high-frequency corridor connecting S. 38th Street and downtown Tacoma, Route 48’s alignment would be modified to use Yakima Avenue. The schedule between S. 38th Street and downtown would be coordinated with Route 45, so that between the two routes service operates every 15-minutes during the day (approximately 6 AM to 6 PM) and every 30-minutes during off-peak times.
In Lakewood, in conjunction with the Route 3 restructure, Route 48’s alignment would utilize Steilacoom Boulevard between S. Tacoma Way and the Lakewood Transit Center. Route 3 would serve the existing 100th Street SW alignment.
Route 206 connects the Lakewood Transit Center with Madigan Hospital. It also serves multiple low-income areas. Route 206 passes within 1/3 of a mile of the Springbrook neighborhood, which currently has Route 51 connecting it with the Lakewood Transit Center.
In order to reduce duplication of service, Route 206 would be deviated into the Springbrook neighborhood via Bridgeport Way. This will add several minutes to existing Route 206 travel times to points further south. However, in conjunction with the routing change, Route 206’s midday frequency would be improved to every 30 minutes, and service would operate until 10 p.m. on weekdays.