Exit133 is about Tacoma
Gig Harbor Trolley Could Be New Model for Pierce Transit
Pierce Transit kicked off its new Gig Harbor trolley service this Tuesday. The trolley may be a nod to the past, but the service delivery model could be a look at the future.
The passenger service will run between Gig Harbor’s downtown waterfront and uptown shopping district throughout the summer, ending service just before the major cuts forced by the failure of last year’s Prop 1.
As The News Tribune writes this week, this could be a sign of things to come for Pierce Transit, as the cash-strapped agency faces cuts to service this fall.
The TNT reports that the Gig Harbor model is one possibility for Pierce Transit service to small communities in the future.
So-called “tailored community solutions” will be a focus for Pierce Transit as the agency develops a strategic plan guiding its decision-making from 2014 to 2016.
Partnerships with large employers and smaller buses are also on the table as the agency looks at less expensive ways to continue service.
Although the majority of the funding for the Gig Harbor trolley ( about $216,000) comes from Pierce Transit, the City of Gig Harbor, the GH Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Waterfront Alliance will collectively contribute more than $41,000 to the seasonal service.
If it works there, we could see other versions rolled out elsewhere in the county. Where else in Pierce County might this kind of partnership succeed?
Do you want to help the folks at Exit133 pay our bills and keep up with of all things Tacoma? Do you want to see even more coverage? Exit133 has always been free to read and comment, and it will stay that way. However, over the years, readers have contributed to the bank account to help us keep up our coverage of goings-on around town. Contribute and this message disappears!Support Exit133