A press release from Pierce Transit.
The Fair is back, and Pierce Transit is making it easy to get to the fun! In addition to regularly scheduled bus service in the area, Pierce Transit offers Express service to the Fair. Riding Pierce Transit offers visitors a convenient transportation option that eliminates traffic and parking hassles while saving time and money. The Fair will open for the Labor Day weekend on September 3 and run through September 26, except Tuesdays and September 8. For additional convenience, Fair-goers can purchase their Fair admission, amusement ride and game tickets online at Thefair.com/tickets.
Pierce Transit Fair Express Service
Express service operates via bus and SHUTTLE paratransit vehicles (for registered SHUTTLE customers who have requested a ride) between the South Hill Mall and the Blue Gate on days the Fair is open. Trips from the mall begin at 10 a.m. on weekdays (except Tuesdays) and 9 a.m. on weekends and Labor Day Monday, September 6. Trips run every 30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (except September 8) and every 15 minutes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the duration of the Fair. Fair-goers can park for free by the south end of the mall, then board the Express for a fast and easy ride to The Fair. Express and local routes will not serve the South Hill Mall Transit Center due to a renovation project.
Pierce Transit Local Routes
The local Pierce Transit routes listed below offer several options to get people near the Fair or make connections with Fair Express service:
- Route 4: Lakewood–South Hill to 39th Ave SW & 5th St S to catch the Fair Express at the South Hill Mall
- Route 400: Downtown Tacoma-South Hill to 5th St SW on weekdays
- Route 402: Meridian to 7th Ave & Meridian in the southbound direction or 3rd St SE in the northbound direction
- Route 409: Puyallup-S 72nd to Pioneer & 3rd St SW a four-block walk to the Fair or connection to Route 425
- Route 425: Puyallup Connector to 7th Ave & Meridian in the southbound direction or 3rd St SE in the northbound direction, Monday through Saturday
Fares for Pierce Transit routes and the Fair Express are $2.00 per one-way trip or $5.00 for an All-Day Pass for Adult full fare riders. Fares are $1.00 per one-way trip or $2.50 for an All-Day Pass for eligible Senior, Disabled and Youth discounted fare riders. Fares of exact cash, ORCA or mobile ticketing through PiercePay on the Hopthru app is accepted. SHUTTLE eligible riders may pay with cash or their current monthly SHUTTLE pass. A Fair Express service “Family Fare” allows up to four children, age 13 and younger, to ride free when accompanied by a fare-paying passenger.
Masks are required onboard transit vehicles per federal law, and Pierce Transit continues to clean and disinfect its vehicles regularly for added safety.