Project updates: Tacoma Link Expansion

Apr 10, 2017

Help choose station names for the Tacoma Link Expansion

Sound Transit is continuing its design process for the Tacoma Link Expansion. The 2.4-mile project extends Tacoma's light rail line and features seven new stations between the Theater District and Hilltop. We are now at the 60 percent design stage. Construction begins in 2018.

Attend the open house to:

  • Weigh in on station names.
  • View and share input on station design plans.
  • Review Traction Power Substation screening proposals.
  • Hear about next steps for the expansion.

In person

4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Apr 13, 2017
Stadium High School - Cafeteria
111 North 'E' Street
Tacoma, WA 98304

Online

Visit the project website to view the latest information, subscribe to our email listserv and more: soundtransit.org/tacomalinkexpansion.

Feb 10, 2017

Expanding the Operations and Maintenance Facility

Sound Transit is expanding the existing Tacoma Link light rail line. The system expansion includes seven new stations, five new vehicles, and an expansion to the existing Operations and Maintenance facility (OMF) on East 25th Street.

Please watch this presentation to learn more about the proposed design of the Operations and Maintenance Facility. The short presentation reviews the design development of the Operations and Maintenance facility expansion. Email comments on the design to tacomalink@soundtransit.org no later than Feb. 27.

Noise and vibration measurements

Example of equipment: Force-Calibrated Impact Hammer

Throughout February 2017 Sound Transit will measure noise and vibration along the existing and future route for Tacoma Link. These measurements will help engineers better understand current noise levels and vibration propagation in the area. The measurements will take place in locations surrounding the alignment, both in public right of way and on private property.

What to expect:

  • Work will take place along the existing and future alignment.
  • Noise-testing equipment will be in place for up to 48 hours.
  • Vibration equipment setup and testing will occur for up to six hours and will use a generator for power.
  • Noise and vibration measurements will not impact traffic.
Dec 29, 2016

Sound Transit is conducting field work along the Tacoma Link Extension route

Sound Transit is conducting field work along the Tacoma Link Extension route. Work includes surveying the streets and area of the route. The work will be within City of Tacoma and Sound Transit right of way and will help Sound Transit crews better understand conditions along the alignment.

What to expect:

  • Survey crews will be in the project area from Nov. 23 to Dec. 30.
  • Work will take place in the following areas:
    • N. 2nd St North of N. 1st St.
    • N. 1st St. between N. 2nd St. and Division Ave.
    • N. 1st and 2nd of Broadway South of Division Ave.
    • Division Ave. between S. 1st St. and MLK Jr. Way
  • Work will occur from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • No traffic impacts are expected.

Online Open House update

Sound Transit is accepting comments on the preliminary draft designs for the Tacoma Link Expansion.

Visit soundtransit.org/tacomalinkexpansion to view draft drawings and weigh in on your preferences on station platforms, the traction power substation screening and station names.

Comments are welcome until midnight Jan. 8.

Regional voters approved the Tacoma Link Expansion as part of Sound Transit 2 in 2008. The project is a partnership with the City of Tacoma. The extension will take Tacoma Link from the Theater District, up Stadium Way and through the Stadium and Hilltop neighborhoods. The project is in final design. Construction work will begin in 2018.

More information on the project is available at soundtransit.org/tacomalinkexpansion.

Dec 20, 2016

Online open house is live

Sound Transit is accepting comments on the preliminary draft designs for the Tacoma Link Expansion.

Visit soundtransit.org/tacomalinkexpansion to view draft drawings and weigh in on your preferences on station platforms, the traction power substation screening, and station names.

Comments are welcome until midnight Jan. 8.

Regional voters approved the Tacoma Link Expansion as part of Sound Transit 2 in 2008. The project is a partnership with the City of Tacoma. The extension will take Tacoma Link from the Theater District, up Stadium Way and through the Stadium and Hilltop neighborhoods. The project is in final design. Construction work will begin in 2018.

More information on the project is available at soundtransit.org/tacomalinkexpansion.

Nov 23, 2016

Survey Work Near You

Starting Wednesday, November 23, Sound Transit will begin field work along the Tacoma Link Extension route.  Work includes surveying the streets and area of the route.  The work will be within City of Tacoma and Sound Transit right of way and will help Sound Transit better understand the conditions along the alignment.

What to Expect

  • Survey crews will be in the project area from November 23 to December 30.  
  • Crews will start at 9th and Commerce St. and work along the alignment to 19th and MLK
  • Work will occur from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jul 19, 2016

Tacoma Link nears final design

In April and May Sound Transit hosted platform location workshops to gather input from the public about platform locations for Stadium District, 6th/MLK Jr. Way and 11th/MLK Jr. Way stations.

All workshops included members of the project team meeting with the public to hear concerns and ideas and share design challenges.

Based on the safety and operations of the system as well as public input, City staff will recommend all platforms be located in the center of the roadway at their respective station locations.

Download and review a system map that includes all station locations.

Here is a cross section of a typical roadway along the alignment with a center platform.

Illustrated graphic of a cross section of a typical roadway along the alignment with a center platform.

Background

On Aug. 8, 2015, Sound Transit and City staff presented the environmental documents to City Council requesting their recommendation to Sound Transit on the station locations and alignment. At that time, the preliminary designs included four stations with center platforms and three with side platforms along the alignment. The Council expressed a preference for center platforms at all locations, and as such asked Sound Transit to evaluate center platforms.

Between August and December 2015, the engineering progressed to 30 percent design. During this period, we began technical investigation of locating all seven platforms in the center of the roadway.

During outreach efforts in December, one of the key topics was center versus side platform locations. Because there was so much interest, we hosted platform workshops in April 2016, allowing us to bring the topic to the entire community, gather their input and make an informed decision.

Next Steps

In July 2016, the Sound Transit Board of Directors will award a final design contract for the Tacoma Link Expansion project.

A project update will be presented to the City Council at their noon Study Session on August 30.

Our next design milestone will occur in May 2017, when the project engineering design reaches 60 percent.

During this final design phase, Sound Transit will work with the community on what the stations will look like, station naming and art.

As always, please feel free to reach out with questions.

Nov 17, 2015

Tacoma Link Expansion Funding

Dear Neighbor,

We are thrilled to announce that the City of Tacoma has received $15 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funding for the Tacoma Link Expansion project. This funding brings us one step closer toward construction.

Sound Transit Board meeting: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/Board-of-Directors

The Sound Transit Board is scheduled to receive a briefing on the preliminary project cost estimate and select the final alignment and station locations for the project to be built, which allows the project to move into final design and construction.

Public comment: The public is encouraged to make comments at the Sound Transit Board meeting on November 19, 1:30-4 p.m. at Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St, Seattle. Public comments are taken at the beginning of the meeting.

Fall open house: You are also invited to attend our fall open house where you can learn more about the Sound Transit Board’s decision regarding the project, project funding, 30 percent project design, public art process and next steps.

Join us:
Dec. 2, 4:30-7 p.m.
The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus, Lyceum Hall
1210 6th Ave., Tacoma

Sound Transit is contributing $50 million in ST2 tax revenues, and $74.99 million in Federal Transit Administration Small Starts funding has been included in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal to Congress. The $15 million in TIGER funding is a part of the City of Tacoma’s $40 million contribution to the project. Including the TIGER funding, the City (with Sound Transit’s help) has now secured $33 million in grant funding towards its contribution.

The project was approved by voters in the 2008 Sound Transit 2 (ST2) ballot measure as a funding partnership. Last year, the Sound Transit Board of Directors, in cooperation with the City of Tacoma, Pierce Transit and community members, identified a preferred alignment for expansion. The alignment would expand the system 2.4 miles from the Theater District to the Stadium and Hilltop districts and includes one relocated station and six new proposed stations.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Allison Gregg

South Corridor Community Outreach Supervisor

allison.gregg@soundtransit.org

Visit us at www.soundtransit.org/TacomaLinkExpansion to learn more

Oct 27, 2015

Soil Sampling Near You

Starting as early as Monday, Nov. 2, Sound Transit will begin drilling geotechnical borings for the potential Tacoma Link Expansion project. These borings will be within City of Tacoma right of way in 11 locations (see highlighted locations below). The work will help Sound Transit better understand the underground conditions along the proposed alignment.

What to Expect

  • Equipment will sound similar to a truck engine running, with occasional hammering
  • Work will occur from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Each boring will take approximately 1-3 days to complete

At times, a partial road closure with detours may be necessary. Crews will safely direct vehicle and pedestrian/bike traffic around the drilling area.

For More Information
Contact Allison Gregg at 206-398-5063 or allison.gregg@soundtransit.org

Mar 6, 2014

Stadium Way and Martin Luther King Way alignment selected for environmental study for potential Tacoma Link Expansion

Project would extend light rail from downtown Tacoma to Stadium and Hilltop districts

The Sound Transit Board of Directors today identified an alignment along Stadium Way and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to the Hilltop District for the planned expansion of Tacoma Link light rail service. The alignment will advance to the environmental phase of the project for further study and refinement.

See a map of the alignment here >>

News release for complete story >>

May 23, 2013

Sound Transit Board selects corridor for potential Tacoma Link expansion

Selected corridor option will advance to project level environmental review

The Sound Transit Board of Directors selected the North Downtown Central Corridor as the alignment to move ahead with further environmental review for a potential expansion of the Tacoma Link light rail system. The alignment, also known as the E1 corridor, serves the Stadium District and Martin Luther King Jr. mixed use center.

News release for complete story