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Try Transit this October

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October is Try Transit Month – and your opportunity to try public transportation. Whether you’ve never ridden a bus or train or you just want to try a new route, Try Transit Month gives you a great chance to get on board. Everyone who logs bus or Sounder train commute trips at PierceTrips.com in October is entered to win prizes! (Log 6 or more commute trips for eligibility to win big prizes – like an Alaskan cruise! – as part of the statewide Wheel Options campaign, too.)


  • Get an “I Bus Tacoma” button, wear it proudly, and take a selfie while riding the bus! Share the photo with us and you could win a $100 gift card – more details here.
  • Already ride transit? Work downtown? Become a Rider Recruiter and earn prizes for showing friends and colleagues how to try transit. For more information, contact Laura: lauraw@tacomachamber.org or 253-682-1738


Friday Forum: Transportation is a Life Determinant
Friday, Oct. 17
UWT, BHS 106, 12pm – 1pm
Join Ron Sims, Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, for a discussion on how transportation affects our daily lives and determines the opportunities available to us.

Ride Sound Transit to the Sounders*
Saturday, Oct. 25
Tacoma Dome Station Bus Shop, meet at 9:45am
Free bus or train fare for first 25; Sounders FC game ticket not included
Enjoy the Sounders without the hassle of driving and parking. Park at the Tacoma Dome, meet us at the Bus Shop and we’ll get you aboard to ride free to the game.

Ride the Bus with Mayor Strickland*
Wednesday, Oct. 29
11th and Pacific, meet at noon
Free bus fare for first 25
We’ll ride the 14/13 loop to Proctor and back, returning to 11th & Pacific at 12:55

*RSVP required; email lauraw@tacomachamber.org with names of all members of your party.


Join the conversation around transit by attending advocacy opportunities with guidance from Downtown On the Go and Transportation Choices Coalition staff.

Citizen Advocacy 101
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 4pm
Tully’s Coffee, 9th & Broadway, Tacoma
A casual how-to discussion about speaking in a public forum, followed by optional observation of Tacoma City Council meeting in preparation for speaking at opportunities later in the month.

Pierce Transit Board Meeting
Monday, Oct 13, 4pm
Pierce Transit, 3720 96th St SW, Lakewood
Join DOTG on a bus ride from downtown to the meeting, where you can share your experiences and aspirations for transit, in addition to contributing a citizen presence. To ride with us, please RSVP by emailing lauraw@tacomachamber.org.  We’ll meet at 10th & Commerce at 3:10 to ride the #48 to the meeting.

Citizens’ Forum at Tacoma City Council
Tuesday, Oct 14, 5pm
Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market, Tacoma
Share your stories with the council and encourage them to prioritize transit in the City’s new Transportation Master Plan.

Citizens’ Comment at Pierce County Council
Tuesday, Oct 28, 3pm
County-City Building, Room 1045, 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma
Share your stories with the council and encourage them to prioritize transit.

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