Fewer, better routes in Pierce Transit Restructure

Pierce Transit Restructure Up until now, the pace of local transit service restoration in Tacoma-Pierce County following the Great Recession has been slow crawl, expanding at roughly 15,000 service hours a year. Much of Pierce Transit’s current network, with some notable exceptions, operates at hourly headways and only runs until 7pm. The long gone previous network relying on a steady pulse of half hour headways with six minute dwells at transit centers is no longer sustainable and no longer reflects modern demands for travel patterns around the South Sound. Following the adoption of the Pierce Transit Long Range Plan, Destination 2040, Pierce Transit hired on consultants from Nelson-Nygaard to craft a proposal which would be in line with the direction of the agency and make the most of the 35,000 additional service hours budgeted to go into service in March 2017. What came out of that process, which has involved public input via surveys and three open houses, were two proposals for the additional service hours. Alternative 1: Upgrade Existing Network This baseline scenario would apply the additional hours to the existing network as-is. The majority of these hours would be used to restore peak frequency of 30 minute headways on Route 11, 13, 14, 16, 42, 45, 51, 56, and 206. It would also enhance midday frequency for Routes 10, 16, 28, 41, 42, 45, 48, 56, and 500 from hourly to half hour headways. ...read more

by Tacoma Transit Oct. 14, 2016 at 8:15am