Washington State Editorial: Bus Rapid Transit promises fast travel without rail. Too bad Pierce County voters don’t want to pay

Pierce County residents have reason for enthusiasm about a planned Bus Rapid Transit system connecting downtown Tacoma and Spanaway on a 14.4-mile stretch of Pacific Avenue.

BRT blends Pierce Transit’s traditional Route 1 bus service with slick and efficient features of 21st Century transit. Selling points include off-board pay stations, more frequent arrivals and departures, and a bus-only median lane that lets riders escape the most congested traffic en route to Tacoma Dome Station.

All without the huge expense and neighborhood headache of laying down rail.