Puyallup celebrates upcoming launch of new transit service

Saturday ceremony celebrates connector route set to begin Sunday

Staff writerJune 5, 2014 

Puyallup and Pierce Transit officials have invited the community to celebrate the launch of a new bus route that will fill transportation needs in a community that has dealt with service cutbacks in recent years. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony during Saturday's farmers market will dedicate the Puyallup Connector, which begins service 10 a.m. Sunday.

The new route 425 will transport commuters between downtown Puyallup and South Hill. It will cover key destinations in the city from the Sounder train station to the South Hill Mall. 

The two "visually-distinct" 25-foot vehicles providing the transit service are covered in "artwork and graphics that reflect the unique history of the City of Puyallup," according to a Pierce Transit news release.

Saturday's ceremony, which is at 10 a.m. on the curbside between Pioneer Park Pavilion and the Puyallup Public Library, will give about 15 attendees the opportunity to ride a bus along the new route for about an hour on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Puyallup's connector route is similar to other transit services in East Pierce County. Two connector routes − 503 and 504 − circulate through Fife, Milton and Edgewood, another area that has seen reductions in transit service in recent years.  

Sumner provides a free shuttle for seniors and low-income residents, kids ages 12-17 and those with disabilities. However, eligible riders must register to use the service.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682
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