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Use your ORCA card and start exploring Tacoma via transit!

New places to go in Tacoma with your ORCA card

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The opening of the T Line extension earlier this week means more ways to get to more places in Tacoma

The seven new stations connect to popular destinations such as the Stadium District, Wright Park and major medical facilities.

And now, everyone who gets to live, work or play in Tacoma can more easily travel to the museums, universities, parks, entertainment venues and local businesses in the city. 

Using an ORCA card is the best way to pay - for the T Line and for other regional transit. Tap your card and hop on as we journey up the hill! 

A T Line train traveling on a tree-lined street in Tacoma.

Dome district

The first station to explore is Tacoma Dome. This station, with the rest of the original alignment, has been operating for 20 years

There's so much to do here: buy a book, browse antiques and much more. You’ll find the Tacoma Dome, LeMay Car Museum and Tacoma’s well-known Freighthouse Square in this area. 

Tacoma Dome Station is also a great place to connect to the Sounder S Line, Amtrak and more.

A Sounder train on the tracks in front of the Tacoma Dome


Downtown Tacoma is rich with history, art and culture.

Continuing from Tacoma Dome, you'll stop at S 25th St and then Union Station, where you can check out:

  • University of Washington Tacoma
  • Tollefson Plaza
  • The Washington State History Museum
  • Museum of Glass
  • Tacoma Art Museum
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • And more!

To get to the waterfront by foot from downtown, cross either the Bridge of Glass, or the Murray Morgan bridge on 11th street, and take the glass elevator to dock street. 

Near Convention Center Station, you'll find the Children's Museum of Tacoma as well as banks and business centers. 

Where the old and new alignments meet

Continuing to travel along the T Line, you'll see a stretch of downtown Tacoma that is home to the Broadway Farmers Market, Tacoma Comedy Club and The Rialto and the Pantages Theater.

During construction, the old Theater District Station was relocated. Old City Hall Station was opened as part of the T Line extension, near the historic building. 

A brick building in Tacoma


Passing S 4th St and hopping off Stadium District Station, you'll be close to Wright Park, Stadium High School and the Stadium Business District, located on the edge of the historic North End neighborhood. 

Make sure to visit longtime neighborhood businesses Ranko’s Pharmacy and Stadium Thriftway, and find some new favorites! Sound Transit encourages you to be Loyal to the Local.

The front entrance to Stadium High School in Tacoma

After Stadium District Station, you'll be at Tacoma General - part of the city's 'Medical Mile.'


The T Line runs through Hilltop on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and the diverse neighborhood is absolutely one to explore. 

It's one of the oldest residential areas in Tacoma, and is home to many amazing restaurants, retail stores and service providers - as well as the annual Hilltop Street Fair. 

People wait on the platform as a T Line vehicle pulls in to Hilltop Station on a sunny day

The last stop is St. Joseph. Not just conveniently located by the medical center, this station area also includes local eateries, coffee shops and more. 

How to ride

T Line trains are running every 12 minutes during peak (including Saturdays!) and every 20 minutes on nights and Sundays.

One-way adult fares are $2, regardless of how far you travel. Day passes (good for round-trip or multi-trip rides) are also available from ticket machines.

Remember that youth (18 and under) ride free on all Sound Transit services! And reduced fare options are available. 

Learn more about fares here.

Hope to see you on board soon! 

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