Pierce Transit is introducing two new routes as a six-month demonstration project aimed to create innovative solutions tailored to the needs of commuters. These demonstration routes are designed to ease congestion along crowded Interstate 5 and State Route 512 corridors, and provide unique service options to University Place and Puyallup customers. Passengers on these routes will enjoy limited stops, comfortable high-back seats, and free Wi-Fi service on board. Wi-Fi technology is a new service being tested on several Pierce Transit buses next year.
Pierce Transit will roll out these new routes on Mon., Dec. 9. Passengers can ride for free through Tues., Dec. 31.
The two demonstration routes are:
ROUTE 475 | University Place – Olympia Express | Express Route 475 — Express Route 475 features two early morning trips from University Place to Olympia, and two return trips in the evening, stopping at two Sounder Stations along the way. This weekday route provides a new option for commuters headed to our state capitol.
ROUTE 485 | Olympia – Puyallup Express | Custom Bus Route 485 — Route 485 is tailored to meet the needs of commuters traveling between Olympia and Benaroya Business Park in Puyallup. This weekday service has two northbound trips in the morning, and two return trips in the evening.
Each route has its own special express fares. After the New Year’s Day holiday, service resumes on Thurs., Jan. 2, and fares will be collected. Fares may be paid with ORCA cards or cash. Pierce Transit transfers will be issued and accepted. Valid transfers have a value of $2 for adults and 75 cents for seniors, youth or disabled passengers.
More information such as fares, time schedules, and route maps are available online here.