Pierce Transit is planning a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line 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.
Last 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. There is already $90 million committed to the BRT project, including $60 million from Sound Transit 3, plus state funding and other grants. Pierce Transit has applied for federal funding to cover the remaining costs of the $150 million project. If fully funded, service could get underway as early as late 2022.
The agency is holding six open houses in late January and early February to share information about the BRT project and gather public input on potential station locations, lane configurations and a route to access the Tacoma Dome Station. The public is invited to attend an open house to learn more about the various options, meet the design team and offer feedback
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Pacific Lutheran University, Anderson University Center, Room 133, Park Ave. S. and 122nd St. S., Tacoma
Thursday, Jan. 24, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
UW Tacoma, William W. Phillip Hall, Jane Thompson Russell Student Commons, Room WPH 101A, 1918 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Moore Library, 215 S. 56th St., Tacoma
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Fern Hill Library, 765 S. 84th St., Tacoma
Thursday, Jan. 31, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Sprinker Recreation Center, Rainier Room, 14824 C St., Tacoma
Monday, Feb. 4, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Parkland/Spanaway Librarym 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma
For those unable to attend an open house in person, Pierce Transit will have an online open house available at RideBRT.com. The public can learn more about the Bus Rapid Transit project at RideBRT.com. 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. Questions and comments may be emailed to email@example.com.