By Lars Erickson, Public Relations Officer, Pierce Transit
LAKEWOOD, WA – Pierce Transit fare increases for regular adult local fixed route bus and vanpool service will go into effect November 1, 2010. There are no fare changes for senior/disabled and youth local riders, SHUTTLE customers, or on Olympia Express service. In September, the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners voted to increase adult and vanpool fares. Fares will also now be charged on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Regular adult fares were last increased in January 2009. Vanpool fares were last increased in October 2008. The revised fares are as follows:
- Local Cash Fare, now $2.00, was $1.75
- Local Monthly Pass, now $72.00, was $63.00
- Local Adult Tickets*, now 20 tickets for $40.00, was 20 tickets for $35.00
- Adult Weekend All Day Pass, now $4.00, was $3.50
- Thanksgiving Day, now Regular Fares, was Free
- Christmas Day, now Regular Fares, was Free
- Class Pass, now $48.00, was $36.00
* Human/social service providers, schools and the Pierce County Superior Court may preorder and prepay for ticket books.
Commuter Vanpool Monthly Fare Increase by Riders
- 5 riders, $9.00 increase per rider
- 6 riders, $9.00 increase per rider
- 7 riders, $7.00 increase per rider
- 8 riders, $7.00 increase per rider
- 9 riders, $5.00 increase per rider
- 10 riders, $5.00 increase per rider
- 11 riders, $2.00 increase per rider
- 12 riders, $2.00 increase per rider
- 13 riders, $1.00 increase per rider
- 14 riders, $1.00 increase per rider
Daily Rider Increase
- 1 – 55 roundtrip miles, $9.00 daily fare per rider
- 56 – 95 roundtrip miles, $11.00 daily fare per rider
- 96 and over roundtrip miles, $13.00 daily fare per rider
The backup volunteer driver deduction will be eliminated. Community use and special use vanpool rates will be $460.00 per month. Community use and special use mileage rate will be 46¢ per mile.
Vanshare rates will be $145.00 per month per group. Personal use and business use rates will be 46¢ per mile.
Pierce Transit is in its third year of addressing impacts of sharp declines in sales tax revenue. The agency was one of the first entities to experience a layoff of personnel –a five percent reduction. Other actions taken to date include: delaying or eliminating capital projects, reducing service by nearly six percent, and increasing regular adult fares in 2009. Those actions combined with employee identified operational efficiencies have saved over $89 million. In July, the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners selected a plan to preserve service levels with the goal of providing financially sustainable public transportation that area residents value and use. The Board directed staff to put forward a ballot proposition for the February 8, 2011 election to exercise the final 0.3% sales tax authority available to Pierce Transit to provide funding to meet current service demands.