Routes 586, 592, 595

Pierce County – Seattle (Operated by Pierce Transit)

Current and Proposed Service

Discontinue Route 586

Alternative service map for the discontinuation of Route 586 in September 2021.
Alternative service map for the discontinuation of Route 586.
  • September 2020: Daily weekday trips reduced from 16 to 14.
  • March 2021 Proposal: Maintain September 2020 levels.
  • September 2021 Proposal: Discontinue route with Link being extended to Northgate.
  Time of day March 2020 September 2020 March 2021 Proposal September 2021 Proposal
How often do buses run on weekdays? Early AM 30 min. 30 min. 30 min. Route discontinued
AM rush 30 min. 30 min. 30 min.
PM rush 30 min. 30 min. 30 min.
  • September 2020: Daily weekday trips reduced from 31 to 24.
  • March 2021 Proposal: Maintain September 2020 service levels.
  • September 2021 Proposal: Maintain September 2020 service levels.
  Time of day March 2020 September 2020 2021 Proposal
How often do the buses run on weekdays? Early AM 20 min. 20 min. 20 min.
AM rush 15 min. 20 min. 20 min.
PM rush 15 min. 20 min. 20 min.
  • September 2020: Daily weekday trips reduced from 10 to 6.
  • March 2021 Proposal: Continue September 2020 levels. Add new stop at Tacoma Dome Station.
  • September 2021 Proposal: Continue September 2020 levels with stop at Tacoma Dome Station.
  Time of day March 2020 September 2020 2021 Proposal
How often do the buses run on weekdays? Early AM / AM rush 20 min. 60 min. 60 min.
PM rush 30 min. 60 min. 60 min.

Why are we proposing these changes? 

  • With the opening of Northgate Link, light rail will cover all areas in Seattle that Route 586 currently serves. In order to preserve resources, this route is proposed to be eliminated due to this duplicative coverage, allowing investment on other routes on the I-5 South corridor.
  • Routes 590 and 594 had higher ridership compared to other routes during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, Routes 590 and 594 would continue to have higher levels of service.
  • Route 595 has both historically and currently had low ridership. Adding a stop at Tacoma Dome Station would allow for additional capacity on the Seattle-Tacoma corridor while conserving resources. Currently Pierce Transit 102, which operates between Gig Harbor and Tacoma, is suspended. Adding a stop at Tacoma Dome Station would provide a replacement for this suspended route.

What does this mean for riders?

Benefits

  • During times when I-5 is congested through Downtown Seattle, travel times may be faster between Tacoma and U District using Sounder and Link compared to Route 586.
  • Route 595 serving Tacoma Dome Station would restore a service option between Gig Harbor and Tacoma, which has remained suspended (Pierce Transit 102).
  • Routes 590/594 would continue to have high levels of service throughout the day, matching the demand on these routes.

Trade-offs

  • Route 586 passengers would need to use Route 590/594 or Sounder to Seattle and transfer to Link light rail for continuing service to the U District. When congestion is lighter, travel times are comparable, offering few benefits to offset the transfer.
  • Route 592 passengers would have longer wait times.
  • Route 595 passengers would experience fuller trips and slightly longer trip times with the additional stop.

Draft Title VI evaluation

  • Disparate impact: Yes. The proposed change affects an area with a minority population of 45.4%, higher than the Sound Transit District average of 39.7%.
  • Disproportionate burden: Yes. The proposed change affects an area with a low-income population of 33.7%, higher than the Sound Transit District average of 16.4%.
  • Due to the determination of both a disparate impact and disproportionate burden, results from public input and a review of alternatives will help shape the final proposal.
  • Disparate impact: Yes. The proposed change affects an area with a minority population of 47.1%, higher than the Sound Transit District average of 39.7%.
  • Disproportionate burden: Yes. The proposed change affects an area with a low-income population of 25.4%, higher than the Sound Transit District average of 16.4%.
  • Due to the determination of both a disparate impact and disproportionate burden, results from public input and a review of alternatives will help shape the final proposal.
  • Disparate impact: No. The proposed change affects an area with a minority population of 35.5%, lower than the Sound Transit District average of 39.7%.
  • Disproportionate burden: Yes. The proposed change affects an area with a low-income population of 19.7%, higher than the Sound Transit District average of 16.4%.
  • Due to the determination of a disproportionate burden, results from public input and a review of alternatives will help shape the final proposal.