Public has role in Pierce Transit plans

Pierce Transit is asking for the public’s help in planning for demands on mass transportation locally over the next 30 years.

With Pierce County’s population expected to increase by 364,000 people by 2050, Pierce Transit is working on long-range plans to serve the growing communities with bus service and other mobility options. Three open houses where citizens can review a scenario for future growth and voice their opinions are scheduled for Jan. 22 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Public Library (324 S. Meridian), Jan. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pierce Transit Training Center in Lakewood (3720 96th St. SW.), and Jan. 30 at the University of Washington-Tacoma (in the William W. Phillip Hall).

Transit users and other community members can also offer their feedback at on routes, service schedules, and capital improvements.

Current planning by Pierce Transit includes the South Sound’s first bus rapid transit line between downtown Tacoma and Spanaway, the possibility of other rapid transit elsewhere in the county, and Sound Transit’s Tacoma Dome Link extension in 2030, which will change some of Pierce Transit’s routing as the agency connects riders to that service.

The Pierce Transit commissioners are expected to adopt an updated long-range plan this spring.