Several Pierce County officials were on hand Wednesday at the Sumner Senior Center to celebrate the newest transportation project in Pierce County.
Beyond the Borders Connector is a free pilot transportation program available to seniors 65 and older, eligible low-income residents and those with disabilities in Sumner and Bonney Lake, as well as Spanaway, Roy and Yelm. Launched at the beginning of March, it is an extension of a transportation program that has been running for about 10 years throughout Pierce County, and is funded by a grant through Pierce County Community Connections.
This program accommodates citizens affected by cuts to traditional mass transit services. The connector links eligible riders to Pierce and Sound Transit services and provides an easier, more consistent way for residents to get to the grocery store and important medical appointments, among other things.
The new routes cover Sumner, Bonney Lake, Prairie Ridge, Spanaway, Roy and Yelm. The pilot program is a trial period to collect data to gauge the level of need and test the efficiency of current routes. It is set to end June 30, pending availability of funds in the new fiscal cycle.
Residents interested in using the services can call 211 to learn more about routes, eligibility and registration. More information is available at Pierce County Community Connections website.
Kari Plog: 253-597-8682