Lakewood – Pierce Transit will receive $15 million from the State Transportation Revenue Package for transit improvements along the SR 7/Pacific Avenue corridor from Downtown Tacoma to Spanaway. This corridor is currently being served by Pierce Transit Route 1, provides nearly 2 million annual boardings, and has been in Pierce Transit’s long-range vision for faster more reliable service.
“This project funding will allow Pierce Transit to plan and implement a long range vision for this high use corridor. The $15 Million in the package is a huge win for Pierce Transit customers making connections to jobs, school and regional service” said Pierce Transit CEO, Sue Dreier.
The State Legislature finalized the $16 billion dollar Transportation Revenue Package Friday, July 10, just before Sine Die. The package; which includes investments in safety, maintenance, and finishing projects in Pierce County, included $111 million in transit projects across the state; $15 million of which is allocated to Pierce Transit. It also included a significant increase in funding for grant programs that have traditionally benefited Pierce Transit, which will assist Pierce Transit in capital investments over the next 6 years.
“I applaud the State Legislature for finishing the session with a finalized transportation package that includes major investments in transit funding which is critical to our customers.” Said Pierce County Councilmember Rick Talbert, Chair of Pierce Transit’s Board of Commissioners.
The $15 million dollar investment is coupled with other grant awards totaling nearly $23 million dollars for Pierce Transit; including $4.6 million for the new Route 4, $1.2 million for peak hour service on Route 1 and almost $2 million in special needs transportation service.
“As a former Pierce Transit Board member it was a priority for me to ensure that any Transportation Package passed included significant funding for the Agency. The transit users of our region need significant investments in public transportation and this funding will assist in that.” Said Jake Fey, a Representative from the 27th Legislative District and a former Pierce Transit Board member.