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As we get ready to double the length of the T Line, riders should prepare for construction impacts.

Construction to close Tacoma Link this summer

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Heads up Tacoma Link riders - free bus shuttles will replace Tacoma Link service for a few weeks this summer while crews connect the existing line with the Hilltop extension.

Construction work will begin at the end of T Line service on Sunday, July 31. The closure will begin at 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, and continue until 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

This work will get us one step closer to opening the 2.4 mile extension (with six new stations) next year. 

And there will be an alternate way to move around: free shuttle buses will serve all T Line stations between the Tacoma Dome and Theater District.  

Crews will be connecting rails, systems and power, with round-the-clock and nighttime work as part of the construction activity at the intersection of 9th Avenue and Commerce Street.

Riders should look for signs directing them to T Line Shuttle bus stops and for “T Line Closure” on the bus destination signage. During busy times, Tacoma Link employees will be available at the T Line Shuttle stops to direct and assist riders.

Shuttle buses will run on the same schedule as Tacoma Link.

  • Weekdays: Every 12 minutes midday (6:36 a.m.-8 p.m.) and every 24 minutes early morning (5-6:36 a.m.) and evening (8-10 p.m.)
  • Saturdays: Every 12 minutes all day (7:48 a.m.-10 p.m.)
  • Sundays: Every 24 minutes all day (9:48 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Riders should plan ahead and allow extra time for their trips.

Because the intersection of 9th Avenue and Commerce Street will be closed to vehicle traffic during this period, drivers should plan for alternative routes. Pedestrians should also be aware that they may need to detour around the construction area. 

To stay up to date on service disruptions, make sure to sign up for alerts. 

More stories on Hilltop Tacoma Link construction

Hopefully this isn't the first time you've run across our continuing coverage of this project.

Check out our past stories for more action shots and information.

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Fresh pics: Tying in Hilltop Tacoma

Fresh pics: Hilltop Tacoma is 75 percent complete

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Or you can see all of our Hilltop Tacoma stories by clicking on the category listing below (or on the right if you're reading this on your desktop or tablet).

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