US: Pierce Transit Breaks Ground on Spanaway Transit Center

Pierce Transit has celebrated the groundbreaking of its new Spanaway Transit Center in Washington State.

The facility will serve as the southern terminus to extend the agency’s current route 1 and accommodate its first Stream Bus Rapid Transit line, which is currently in its design phase.

Spanaway Transit Center
In a ceremony attended by elected officials and local dignitaries, Pierce Transit broke ground on its new Spanaway Transit Center

Spanaway Transit Center will be built in two phases, with phase 1 featuring a bus turnaround, a 38-car park & ride lot, a comfort station for bus drivers and a passenger drop-off area.

Phase 2 will increase parking to 250 stalls and add enhanced entrance and exit infrastructure.

The site’s location on Washington State Route 7 aims to improve access to transit in a region that is heavily car-dependent. It will improve access to downtown Tacoma while providing improved service in the Spanaway area.

“This transit centre will serve a low-income and high-minority area. According to the US Census, more than 11 percent of people in this area are living in poverty, compared to 9.4 percent across Pierce County; more than one-third of the population is minority, and nearly 12 percent have no vehicle at home. It is exciting – and the right thing to do – to put our resources into this community.”

The new transit centre is jointly funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and has received 3 million USD in federal support.

Phase 1 is expected to open to the public in late 2023 or early 2024. This will be Pierce Transit’s first new transit centre since 1998.

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