Road to Independence Van Program
The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) operates the Road to Independence Van Program. This program provides a no-cost, employment related ride service to eligible residents living in North & East Pierce County and South King County. The South Sound 2-1-1 Transportation Resource Center is operated by United Way of Pierce County. 2-1-1 is the first point of contact for special needs transportation for the county, providing connections to transportation options via a centralized resource database. PSESD is collaborating with WorkForce Central to provide transportation services to eligible residents who need access to workforce development services supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Residents needing these services at the WorkSource Pierce Job Center located at 3650 South Cedar Street location can call 2-1-1 (or 1-877-211-9274) for assistance.
ST3 on the November Ballot
On June 23, the Sound Transit Board adopted Sound Transit 3 (ST3), a ballot measure for the region’s voters to consider in November 2016.
The ST3 plan would build a total of 62 miles of light rail with stations serving 37 additional areas.
If approved by voters in November, ST3 would build light rail between South Kirkland, Bellevue and Issaquah, while expediting the establishment of bus rapid transit service on I-405 from Lynnwood to Burien and on SR 522, with faster buses running every 10 minutes during peak commute hours. The plan would expand the capacity of fast-growing Sounder commuter rail service linking Seattle, Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Sumner, Puyallup, Tacoma and Lakewood, with extension of the line to reach Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont. The Tacoma Link light rail line would extend from Hilltop to Tacoma Community College.
Details of the plan are available at soundtransit3.org, including an interactive map.
Pierce Transit Fare Changes
New fares for Pierce Transit were implemented March 1, 2016. Senior/Disabled cash fare increased to $1.00. Senior/Disabled monthly pass increased to $36.00. SHUTTLE cash and ticket increased to $1.25. SHUTTLE monthly pass increases to $45.00. Seniors and individuals with disabilities must show a valid Regional Reduced Fair Permit when paying a discounted fare. Riders can use an ORCA card instead of paying cash. All other fares remain the same.
This is the first time in 10 years Pierce Transit has increased these fares. Regular adult fares have increased but Senior/Disabled, youth, or SHUTTLE rates haven’t been raised since March 2006. More at www.PierceTransit.org.