Public transportation is good in Tacoma. Pierce Transit runs 56 bus routes, two of which border the Puget Sound campus. Students can get anywhere in Tacoma for $1.50. The downtown district recently installed a light-rail system, so once you get downtown, you can get between shops and restaurants without driving or getting back on the bus. As parking downtown is expensive, this light-rail system is a huge plus. You can also take advantage of the train system for weekend excursions into Seattle. Wherever you travel with public transportation, make sure that you read the bus schedule carefully so that you don't get stuck without a ride in the evenings. Late-night public transportation is not available, and you might have to shell out for a cab.
Overall, students are pleased with the public transportation system, but some have reservations brought on by strange men who seem to ride the buses for fun. The buses are very clean, and the service is regular and reliable with buses coming every half hour or so. Freshmen who are not yet familiar with the city do not need to fear the bus system. Friendly bus drivers are willing to help you out if you simply tell them where you are going. If you are too unsure of the area to venture out on your own, you can always sign up for a trip with one of the many student organizations who often borrow University vans for their excursions off campus.