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Pierce Transit to implement improved service, route efficiencies Sunday, Sept. 22
- Schedules will be easier to understand and remember. Many routes departing from transit centers will change to easier-to-remember departure times. For example, routes may depart at 5 after the hour, or 20 after, or 45 after, rather than at 7 minutes after, or 23 after, 46 after, etc.
- Route run times have been adjusted to mirror what weâ€™re seeing on the road. The new schedules are updated to reflect the latest traffic loads and other impacts, which will help the bus arrive on time more often.
- Weâ€™re implementing efficiencies to add trips. For example, we are turning some empty â€œback to baseâ€ trips into passenger-carrying trips, giving us the ability to offer additional trips at little to no cost. Starting Sept. 22, customers will have 46 new trip options: 14 on weekdays, 12 on Saturdays and 20 on Sundays.
- The JBLM Connector is made permanent. Pierce Transitâ€™s on-demand service with seven boarding locations between the Lakewood Transit Center and the McChord Commissary becomes a permanent service. The Connector operates Monday through Friday from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and 3 to 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the service and riders must have an approved Department of Defense ID to board.
- Changes are coming to Route 63. Route 63 is extended to reach The Center at Norpoint and riders will have three new weekday trip options: One departing 45th Street NE and Nassau Ave. NE at 9:08 a.m., and trips departing 10th Ave. and Commerce St. in downtown Tacoma at 1:50 p.m. and 3 p.m. The portion of King County Metro Route 903 that had been serving NE Tacoma will no longer be operating. Route 63 will still intersect with Route 903 near the Pierce/King County line, giving riders the opportunity to transfer and make connections to other destinations.