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UPDATED: Pierce Transit to Hold Nov. 13 Public Hearing on Agencyâ€™s Proposed 2024 Budget
UPDATED NOV. 13 with public hearing time
A public hearing will be held as part of Pierce Transit’s Board of Commissioners special study session Nov. 13 on the agency’s proposed 2024 budget. The special study session begins at 3 p.m. Members of the public may attend in person or virtually through Zoom.
Details on how to attend the study session/public hearing and Board meeting in person or virtually can be found by visiting PierceTransit.org/board-meetings.
- In person meeting location: Pierce Transit Training Center, 3720 96th Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
- Virtual participation: dial 1-253-215-8782; Meeting ID No. 84478253010, webinar link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84478253010
Pierce Transit’s draft 2024 budget supports an increase in local service to 95 percent of pre-pandemic levels, provided conditions, including staffing levels, progress as anticipated. The 2024 budgeted expenditures for all funds are approximately $309 million, balanced by expected revenues and reserves. Sales tax is expected to make up 84 percent of total budgeted operating revenues, excluding revenue from Pierce Transit’s contract with Sound Transit to provide that agency’s regional service, plus other revenues such as grants and fares. The budget includes 999 FTEs (1,002 positions).
Pierce Transit’s goal with its 2024 budget and throughout the six-year plan framework is to continue building a solid foundation to provide an improved public transportation system that meets the needs of communities served. Along with supporting the agency’s priorities around safety, security, equity and innovation, the budget focuses on:
- Support of Enhanced Bus service on Pacific Avenue/State Route 7
- Continued planning for future high-capacity service in Pierce County
- Support planning and improvements for the aging vehicle maintenance facility
- Further support of increased Transit Operator recruitment and retention
- Wayfinding improvements at Tacoma Dome Station
- Additional electric charging infrastructure to service more electric support vehicles
- Continual enhancements in cyber security and IT infrastructure resilience
Reserves and operating transfers will be used over the next six years to provide capital infrastructure that supports service plans. Reserves comply with required levels established by the Board of Commissioners and provide the ability to deal with adverse economic conditions, emergencies, and exposure to casualty and legal risks.
The proposed 2024 budget can be found on the agency’s website at PierceTransit.org/documents.
The Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the proposed 2024 budget at its Dec. 11 meeting.