Pierce Transit proposing new local-only bus pass

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Pierce Transit is considering introducing a new adult monthly pass that would be valid for rides on Pierce Transit fixed-route buses.

Currently, the only adult monthly pass option available for Pierce Transit riders is the $72 monthly regional pass, which is also good for fares on other regional services. The agency is proposing a lower-priced adult monthly pass for use only on Pierce Transit local bus service. At a cost of $62, the pass would save riders $10 a month over the regional pass.

For customers’ convenience, Pierce Transit is proposing two options for purchasing and using the new pass:

  • Customers may load the pass on an ORCA card and use it for unlimited rides on Pierce Transit buses during the calendar month it is purchased; or
  • Customers may purchase the pass on “PiercePay” through the Hopthru app on mobile devices. This would be a “rolling” pass, which would begin the day it is activated and be valid for 30 days, even if that 30 days crossed from one month to another.

Pierce Transit is holding a public hearing on the new Pierce Transit-specific adult monthly pass proposal during the next Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners’ meeting at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at Pierce Transit Building 5 Training Center, Rainier Room, 3720 – 96th St. SW, Lakewood.

Those unable to attend the hearing may contact Pierce Transit Customer Service at 253-581-800 (press option 1 two times) or ptcustomer@piercetransit.org to register their comments. Registered SHUTTLE customers may obtain specialized transportation to and from the hearing by calling 253-581-8000 (option 2) from one to five days in advance of the hearing. An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be provided upon request with a minimum five-day notice.

The Pierce Transit Board is expected to vote on the new proposed pass at its Nov. 15 meeting. If adopted, the new pass would be implemented Jan. 1.

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