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Partners come together to move Tacoma forward 

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Extending the T Line by 2.4 miles and adding seven new stations to the alignment will change the way Tacoma moves!

From Old City Hall to Medical mile, the T Line’s new capacity is sure to open connections and opportunities like Tacoma hasn’t seen before.

Moving Tacoma’s minds 

One of the new stations opening with the expansion is Stadium District Station.

The surrounding neighborhood is home to an eclectic mix of amazing local businesses, residential complexes and Stadium High School, which made Evergreen State College and the University of Puget Sound excellent partners for the opening event. 

Evergreen State College is known for its innovative, interdisciplinary approach to learning, and its Tacoma campus continues this tradition.

Evergreen goes beyond majors and minors so students have the freedom to pursue their passions unrestricted and the flexibility to adapt their studies as their interests evolve.

Narrative evaluations written by faculty take the place of traditional grades, giving students a real sense of what they’ve accomplished and the journey they’re on.

The campus is located just a short walk away from the 6th Ave station, so taking the T Line to class is now possible! 

The front of a school, with mural artwork

The University of Puget Sound has a long-standing commitment to academic excellence.

Its Tacoma campus provides a rigorous liberal arts education that fosters critical thinking and communication skills. Students benefit from the close-knit community and a wealth of extracurricular opportunities such as student clubs, sports, free campus activities, and Living Learning Communities.

Its small class sizes and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11-to-1 allow for a personal educational experience and with 1,200 courses in more than 50 areas of study, students are empowered to discover their passions.  

An aerial view of the UPS campus, with a green area in the middle

Both institutions engage with the Tacoma community through outreach programs, internships, and partnerships with local organizations, enhancing the educational experience for students and contributing to the growth and development of the city itself. 

Moving Tacoma’s people 

HDR, Inc. supported the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension for many years, from the alternatives analysis and preliminary engineering phase to final design.

A worker drives a piece of heavy equipment through a construction zone

Their innovative solutions helped create a modern, efficient, and environmentally-friendly light rail system that meets the city's mobility needs.

HDR’s continued support of the project highlights the pride they take in supporting efforts to better their communities.

Many of their team members also volunteer with aid organizations such as Bridges to Prosperity and Engineers Without Borders, giving their time and sharing their professional talents to provide communities around the world access to healthcare, clean water, and modern energy grids.

And through Design 4 Others, more than 200 of their employees have provided architecture, engineering, and planning services to communities in need.

In addition, the HDR Foundation, fueled by donations from their employees, provides support to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded $4 million in grants to more than 150 organizations. 

Hatch, Ltd. played a crucial role in project management and construction of the T Line expansion, with its experience in large-scale infrastructure projects.

As a socially responsible company, sustainability is at the core of how Hatch delivers value to clients., ensuring ecosystems are maintained, communities thrive, and society prospers—now and in the future.  

Jacobs, with their multidisciplinary engineering and technical services, provided essential support in areas such as urban planning, safety assessments, and environmental compliance.

Their input helped navigate complex regulatory requirements and ensure that the project met the highest safety and environmental standards.

Jacobs helps plan, develop, finance, design, construct, maintain and operate smart transportation infrastructure that connects people and communities around the world. And not just trains!

They partner to provide solutions within and between the transport modes of aviation, highways, bridges, ports and maritime, along with rail and transit.

And, their tunnel and ground engineering specialists and transport planners ensure we’re on board for every step of the journey – even once a project is completed. 

Together, these firms, with others, combined their expertise to deliver a transformative transportation project that enhances Tacoma's connectivity and sustainability, making it a model for future urban transit initiatives. 

Let’s put our hands together for the organizations that came together to support the community. 

Five logos: University of Puget Sound, Evergreen State College, HDR, Jacobs and Hatch.

Learn more about the Opening Event here

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