Pierce Transit wants your thought on Bus Rapid Transit plans

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Pierce Transit is studying the feasibility of implementing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along a 14.4-mile corridor on Pacific Avenue/SR-7 between downtown Tacoma and Spanaway. The corridor is currently served by Pierce Transit’s Route 1, which has the agency’s highest ridership.

Earlier this summer, the Pierce Transit Board officially designated BRT as the best mode for the corridor. The Board also selected the BRT’s beginning and ending points (Commerce Street Transfer Center in Tacoma and the intersection of 204th Street E. and SR 7 in Spanaway) and the route’s alignment (with the Tacoma Dome Station access route to be determined following a traffic analysis and additional public input).

BRT systems are designed to carry larger numbers of riders with greater speed, reliability and frequency than a standard fixed-route bus. BRT stations have additional amenities, such as real-time arrival information; off-board fare collection, raised platforms and multiple doors for faster boarding; transit signal prioritization for faster travel times through congested intersections; and unique, branded vehicles that carry more passengers, have room for bicycles onboard and provide easier wheelchair access.

The agency is holding six open houses in September along the corridor to share information about the BRT project and gather public input on potential station locations and lane configurations. The public is invited to attend an open house to learn more about the various options, meet the design team and offer feedback:

Monday, Sept. 10, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma

Served by Pierce Transit Route 1

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
UW Tacoma William Phillip Hall, Jane Thompson Russell Student Commons, Room WPH 101A, 1918 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Served by Pierce Transit Routes 1, 2, 3, 41, 42, 63, 102, 400, 500, 501 and Sound Transit Tacoma Link light rail

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fern Hill Library, 765 S. 84th St., Tacoma

Served by Pierce Transit Route 45

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Moore Library, 215 S. 56th St., Tacoma

Served by Pierce Transit Routes 1, 41


Tuesday, Sept. 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sprinker Recreation Center, Rainier Room, 14824 C St., Tacoma

Served by Pierce Transit Route 1

Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Pacific Lutheran University, Anderson University Center, Room 133, 12598 Park Ave. S., Tacoma

Served by Pierce Transit Routes 1, 55

The public can learn more about the study and Bus Rapid Transit at RideBRT.com. Questions and comments may be emailed to brt@piercetransit.org. They may also sign up to receive email updates by visiting PierceTransit.org/StayConnected, entering their email address, and selecting the “Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project” topic.

There is already $80 million committed to the BRT project; $60 million from Sound Transit 3 and $20 million in state funds. Later this month Pierce Transit will apply for federal funding to cover the remaining costs of the $150 million project. If funding is secured, the design/environmental review/construction process could get underway in late 2018 or early 2019, with service beginning in late 2022.

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