Pierce Transit

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Founded 1979
Headquarters 3701 96th St SW, Lakewood
Service area Pierce County
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 38
Fleet 270
Fuel type Compressed natural gas
Website piercetransit.org

Pierce Transit, in full the Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation, is the public transit authority of Pierce County, Washington. Based in Lakewood, Washington, it was founded in 1979. Operating buses, SHUTTLE services for the disabled, vanpool and a ridematching database for those who wish to carpool, Pierce Transit's system is connected with surrounding regional transit systems, including ferries and trains.

Services[edit]

As of 2009, Pierce Transit served a 414-square-mile (1,070 km2) area with a population of approximately 676,000. Areas served include Bonney Lake, Buckley, Fife, Edgewood, Federal Way, Fircrest, Fort Lewis, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, Purdy, Puyallup, Ruston, South Hill, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma and University Place. In 2008, 19 million people utilized its services. 272 wheelchair-accessible buses circulate between 3,300 bus stops, 626 bus shelters and 28 park-and-ride lots. Additionally, Pierce Transit runs 11 transit centers and stations. Pierce Transit also provides vanpool, ridematching and express transportation between counties. Disabled passengers who are not able to use Pierce Transit's buses have access to a special transportation system called SHUTTLE.

Organization[edit]

In 1979, a 0.3% sales tax was created by popular vote to fund public transportation. Pierce Transit was accordingly formed to manage transit. In 2002, after Initiative 695 eliminated the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax (another funding mechanism for local transit in Washington State), that funding was replaced with an additional 0.3% sales tax to fund transit operations. Pierce Transit is operated by nine-member Board of Commissioners composed of elected officials throughout the county. The Board of Commissioners operates under a Chief Executive Officer, Lynne Griffith.[1] A staff of approximately 1,000 man the five departments, with over 50% working in Transit Operations.

Fares[edit]

Service Adult Youth Senior/Disabled
Local $2.00 $0.75 $0.75
Olympia Express $2.50 $2.50 $1.25
Monthly Local Pass $72.00 $27.00 $27.00
Summer Youth Pass N/A $27.00 N/A
  • Ages 5 and under ride free with a fare paying passenger.
  • Passengers aged 6 to 18 pay youth fare.
  • Summer Youth Pass only valid on Pierce Transit from June to August.
  • Passengers 19 and above pay adult fare unless they have a valid regional reduced fare permit.

Fares last updated on: 9/3/2011 [2]

Facilities[edit]

Transit Centers[edit]

  • 512 Park and Ride
  • 72nd St Transit Center
  • 10th and Commerce (Downtown Tacoma)
  • Lakewood Transit Center
  • Lakewood Sounder Station
  • Parkland Transit Center
  • South Hill Mall Transit Center
  • Tacoma Dome Station
  • Tacoma Mall Transit Center
  • TCC Transit Center

Bus routes[edit]

  • 1 6th Ave-Pacific Ave
  • 2 S 19th St-Bridgeport Way
  • 3 Lakewood-Tacoma
  • 10 Pearl St
  • 11 Pt Defiance
  • 13 N 30th St
  • 14 Proctor District
  • 16 UPS-TCC
  • 28 S 12th St
  • 41 Portland Ave
  • 42 McKinley Ave
  • 45 Yakima Ave
  • 48 Sheridan-M St
  • 51 Union Ave
  • 52 TCC-Tacoma Mall
  • 53 University Place
  • 54 38th St
  • 55 Tacoma Mall-Parkland
  • 56 56th St
  • 57 Tacoma Mall
  • 62 NE Tacoma
  • 100 Gig Harbor
  • 102 Gig Harbor-Tacoma Express
  • 202 72nd St
  • 204 Lakewood-Parkland
  • 206 Pacific Hwy-Tillicum
  • 212 Steilacoom
  • 214 Lakewood-Pierce College
  • 300 S Tacoma Wy
  • 400 Puyallup-Downtown Tacoma
  • 402 Meridian
  • 409 Puyallup-Sumner
  • 410 112th St
  • 475 University Place-Olympia Express
  • 485 Olympia-Puyallup Express
  • 495 South Hill Mall-Puyallup
  • 496 Bonney Lk-Sumner
  • 497 Lakeland Hills
  • 500 Federal Way
  • 501 Milton-Federal Way
  • 503 Fife-Puyallup Sounder Station
  • 504 Milton-Edgewood

Fleet[edit]

Bus[edit]

Make Model Purchased Retired Qty. Fleet Numbers
Pierce Transit Coach 101 at Purdy P&R.jpg New Flyer C40LF 1998 in service 45 101-145
2000 in service 21 146-166
2002 in service 18 167*-184
2004 in service 20 185-204
2005 in service 10 205-214
2006 in service 15 215-229
Pierce Transit 248.jpg New Flyer C40LFR 2007 in service 10 230-239
2009 in service 11 240-250
Pierce Transit 2005 New Flyer C30LF 324-a.jpg New Flyer C30LF 2004 in service 20 300-319
2005 in service 10 320-329
Gillig Corporation Low Floor HEV 2011 in service 9 501-509
2013 in service 6 510-515
Pierce Transit 1996 Orion V 835(Retired).jpg Orion 05.515 1996 Retired 15 828-842
  • Buses Starting with the fleet number 167 and above are Pierce Transit's first low flow buses with air conditioning equipped.

Shuttle/Bus Plus[edit]

Make Model Purchased Retired Qty. Fleet Numbers
Pierce Transit 2004 Eldorado Aerotech 5010(retired).jpg Ford E450 ElDorado Aerotech 2004 Partially retired 49 5001-5049
Pierce Transit 2005 Eldorado Aerotech 5804-a.jpg Ford E450 ElDorado Aerotech 2005 in service 30 5801-5809, 5050-5070
Ford E450 ? 2006 in service 5 5071-5075
Pierce Transit Shuttle.jpg Ford E450 ElDorado Aerotech 2007 in service 5810-5819, 5076-5100

Vanpool[edit]

Make Model Year Retired Qty. Fleet Numbers
Ford E350 2002 out of service 1 4116
2003 most out of service 24 4140, 4143, 4144, 4146-4148, 4151-4153, 4155, 4157, 4158, 4160, 4161, 4163-4165, 4167-4171, 4176, 4179
2006 in service 67 7095-7161
Ford E350XL 2005 in service 48 7014-7061
2008 in service 23 7226-7248
Chevrolet Astro 200X most out of service 12 4122, 4123, 4127, 4129-4136, 4139
Chevrolet Express 2007 in service 56 7162-7217
2008 in service 15 7218-7225, 7249-7255
2010 in service 64 7256-7319
Dodge Grand Caravan 2005 in service 14 7000-7013

Ferry[edit]

Adjoining Transit Agencies[edit]

Police[edit]

Pierce Transit contracts with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department for police services. There are currently 10 patrol deputies assigned full-time to Pierce Transit. Pierce Transit became the first Transit System in Washington State with its own Police Department (Pierce Transit Department of Public Safety) in 2009. The command staff of Pierce Transit Police include a Deputy Chief and a Supervising Sergeant (both provided by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department - under contract) and the Transit Police Chief (non-contracted). The Pierce Transit system is also patrolled by 10 specially commissioned Peace Officers (Transit Security Officers).

Crisis[edit]

Pierce Transit argues that it is now in an unsustainable state due to its reserves running out, and as a result, must cut service by 53% in order to become sustainable again. Pierce Transit argues that if taxes within its service area are increased by 0.3%, Pierce Transit would not have to cut service, and instead improve service by 23%. [3] Some argue against this .3% tax increase in Pierce County (also known as Proposition 1), as it will increase the sales tax to 10.1% (the "highest on the West Coast"), and that funds may be currently mismanaged (the average annual employee compensation for Pierce Transit is $93,546) [4] Pierce Transit proposed a similar increase in sales tax in 2011, which was eventually rejected by the public. [5] Proposition 1, proposed in the 2012 general election, has also been rejected by the public.[6]

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