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2016 Route Analysis:
Moving Forward

In order to determine the best way to add 35,000 annual hours of bus service in March 2017, Pierce Transit is asking the public for input between two restructure alternatives.

Alternative 1 would make no changes to current routing in March 2017, but also would offer very few routes in which the bus arrives more often and would not add service later in the evening.

Alternative 2 would restructure the route network to reduce overlap, create more direct connections, and trim less-productive service. The savings from those changes would enable Pierce Transit to increase daytime frequency on many routes to 30 minutes and expand their span of service to up to 10pm on weekdays. Most neighborhoods experiencing changes would see an increase in transit coverage, especially later at night. In some cases, a longer walk would be required to access transit.

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Routes with Disproportionate Burden on Minority Populations and/or Disparate Impact on Low-Income Populations

The table below outlines what routes are facing major changes relevant to Title VI and how Pierce Transit is working to mitigate the impacts. 14.3% of the population of Pierce Transit’s service area is considered low-income (at or below the Federal poverty level), while 35.3% is considered minority (non-white or of Hispanic origin). To learn more about Title VI visit our Public Documents page.

Route Diff. Between Low Income % and Area Avg Diff. Between Minority % and Area Avg Mitigation

3 Lakewood / Tacoma

10%

8%

Stops formerly served along S Oakes St now partly served by Route 53; stops along Steilacoom Blvd now served by 48; new stops near Tacoma Mall to reduce transfer distances.

13 N. 30th Street

5%

-8%

Route eliminated due to low productivity. Service eliminations along N 30th St, Tacoma Ave will be offset by service improvements on parallel Routes 11, 16, 41 in span, frequency, and scheduling.

14 N. Proctor District

9%

-12%

Revised Route 11 will overlap current Route 14 between N Proctor St and 10th/Commerce Transfer Area; Route 41 will interline with 11 to allow for one-seat ride between Tacoma Dome Station and Proctor District.

48 Sheridan M St

18%

19%

Stops along Jefferson Ave and 96th St SW (west of S Tacoma Way) will be served by Route 3.

51 Union Ave

8%

8%

Route eliminated due to low productivity. Most stops currently served by Route 51 will continue to be served by Routes 206, 2, 53, 52, 57, 11, and 16, which will see improvements in span and/or frequency.

54 38th St

8%

13%

Most stops currently served Route 54 will be served by revised Routes 41, 42, 55, and 56.

55 Parkland Tac Mall

11%

21%

Routes 52 and 55 will be combined into one route. Stops previously served by Route 55 will be served by Route 52. Departures from Parkland Transit Center will be adjusted to improve on-time performance.

56 56th St

19%

24%

Route 56 will interline with 42 to create a one-seat ride to downtown Tacoma; patrons along E 56th Ave between McKinley Ave and E Portland Ave may walk to stops along McKinley Ave or E Portland Ave (~1/3 mile maximum).

300 S Tacoma Way

15%

23%

Patrons wishing to access the SR-512 P&R may ride Route 3 to Lakewood Towne Center and transfer to Route 4 or ST Route 574; stops along Bridgeport Ave and the Springbrook neighborhood will be served by the revised Route 206. Patrons wish to access McChord Field may transfer to the free GO Route 2 at SR-512 Park & Ride. Proper identification is required. Pierce Transit is working with GO Transit to create a new direct connection between McChord Field and Lakewood Towne Center. See jblmmwr.com/golewismcchord for more details.



Here’s how these two alternatives compare to each other.

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Note: The routes marked in Blue represent more frequent service and/or earlier/later service on weekdays.





Want a better idea of how these changes might impact your trip?

The graphics break down what Alternative 2 proposes:

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East Tacoma

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North Tacoma

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Lakewood


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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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