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More Buses for Northeast Tacoma
Beginning this fall Northeast Tacoma will have more bus service. Pierce Transit, in partnership with King County Transit, will be trying out a pilot program to give residents of the northeast corner of the city more chances to commute by bus.
According to an article in The News Tribune, the pilot project is aimed at reducing long wait times for riders in the area headed to downtown Tacoma, and improving connections to the Federal Way Transit Center. Beginning September 27 service will shift, with King County taking over some Northeast Tacoma service to offer more trips north to Federal Way, where riders can connect with other regional routes.
For those of you familiar with the bus system in Northeast Tacoma, the changes will include making the current Pierce Transit Route 62 an express route between the QFC on 49th Street Northeast and the 10th and Commerce transit center. King County Metro Route 903 will take over the current Route 62, increasing the number of daily trips to the Federal Way Transit Center (find more details in the TNT article).
The TNT quotes Pierce Transit's inerim public relations officer (and current Tacoma City Council District 3 candidate), Justin Leighton, saying that this will be the first time King County's buses have taken runs into Pierce County. The TNT further reports that Pierce Transit will pay King County Metro $157,930 for the service, in addition to the $268,768 it already pays for service to Northeast Tacoma.
Is this another symptom of the outflow of Seattlites with jobs up north to live in Tacoma?
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