03 June 2010
PT Tommorrow and the North End
As with most areas in Pierce County, significant revisions are being proposed. North Tacoma is an area in particular that will see a lot of changes to the structure of the existing routes.
The 11, 13 and 16 will all be replaced with new routes. The 11 will morph into the 702 which mostly follows the same route, but terminating in a loop southeast of Ruston. The 13 and 16 will sort of be merged into a single route - the 704 in the Reduction Alternative or the 700 in the Growth Alternative. Both would travel mostly along I st and 21st as far as Proctor in the Reduction Alternative or the Lutheran Home Loop in the Growth Alternative.
As for north-south service, the 51 and 220 are both eliminated and replaced with the new route 703 shown below. The 10 will serve the Lutheran Home Loop in the Reduction Alternative, but in the Growth Alternative it will continue straight on Pearl.
As for all this reconfiguration, there are a few connections that are a little harder to make. Most importantly, the connection to and from UPS are now much less convenient. The new 703 would travel by UPS, but it would only come once an hour (in both the Reductions and Growth Alternatives). Getting from UPS to downtown would be way less convenient requiring a walk either to 6th ave to catch the 1 or to 21st and Cedar to catch either the 700 or 704. Similarly, to get from UPS to TCC, it would probably end up being faster to walk to 6th ave to catch the 1 than to take the meandering 703. Also, with the loss of the 51 and 220, there is now no direct connection between North Tacoma to areas to the south.