Now that a large of chunk of Pierce County is no longer in the Pierce Transit district, where they paid taxes, received service, and voted down a ballot measure to maintain PT’s service level, a large area in Eastern Pierce County is solely served by Sound Transit.
Yesterday, the Sound Transit Board followed the proposal of Board Member and Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow and created Route 596, a replacement for PT 496 and connecting parts of Bonney Lake, Buckley, and Enumclaw to the Sumner Sounder station.
ST Express Route 596 will function as a fast, limited-stop service for passengers making long-distance regional trips, with direct connections to commuter rail and other transit modes. The route serves 290 boardings each day and will be timed to meet morning and afternoon Sounder trains…
[The 596] resurrects a previously-operated connector bus route that voters approved in the 1996 Sound Move ballot measure. Known as ST Express Route 582, that service operated between Bonney Lake and Tacoma. It was gradually phased out when Pierce Transit began operating Route 496 service in 2007.
It will begin running June 11th, the first workday after PT wraps up the 496 on June 8th. The $253,000 operating cost for 2012 will come out of the Pierce subarea reserves.