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Tacoma transit connections: How to link up with the extended T Line

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Seven new T Line stations are about to open - and we're excited to add even more connections to Tacoma's transit network!

There are already amazing hubs in the city where passengers can connect to trains, buses, on-demand service, parking, biking and more. 

One of these is Tacoma Dome Station. The station is served by:

  • The T Line
  • The Sounder S Line commuter train
  • Amtrak trains
  • Pierce Transit local buses and Runner on-demand service
  • Sound Transit Express buses

Bus routes include the 13 to Proctor District, 41 to Downtown Tacoma and Tacoma Mall400 to Downtown Tacoma and to South Hill Mall500 to Federal Way and to Downtown Tacoma,  501 to Federal Way and to Downtown Tacoma574 to Sea-Tac Airport and to Lakewood590 to Seattle and to Downtown Tacoma594 to Seattle and ​to Lakewood, and 595 to Seattle and to Gig Harbor

A map shows the different zones for buses at Tacoma Dome Station, as well as the location of Freighthouse Square

Another hub is at Commerce Street Station and Pacific Avenue. 

Here, passengers can connect to Pierce Transit Runner, route 2 to Lakewood Transit Center3 to Lakewood Transit Center11 to Point Defiance, 16 to TCC Transit Center42 to 72nd St Transit Center57 to Tacoma Mall Transit Center63 to NE Tacoma Express as well as Routes 1, 13, 28, 48 and Routes 41, 400, 500, 501, 590 and 594. 

Currently, T Line service ends at Commerce Street (to be renamed to Theater District). But when the extension opens, so will new stations at Old City Hall, S 4th, Stadium District, Tacoma General, 6th Avenue, Hilltop District and St. Joseph. 

It will also open up new connections with Pierce Transit service, including Route 28Route 57 and more. 

A passenger sits in a Pierce Transit bus shelter with a 590 bus approaching

Sound Transit is coordinating with other transit agencies to make it easier for you to catch a bus to the nearest light rail station when new service starts. Check the Trip Planner for your most direct route, and learn how to transfer between services here.

ORCA is the easiest way to pay your fare - transfers are auto calculated, exact change isn't necessary and it's widely accepted, from light rail to ferries. 

And an ORCA card is the only way to pay for transfers between different services such as trains, buses and streetcars.

As long as you transfer within 2 hours, your original fare will be credited toward the next leg of your journey.

So get an ORCA card and start exploring Tacoma via transit - new connections up to parks, hospitals, local businesses and more in the Stadium and Hilltop neighborhoods are coming very soon! 

Check out a map of the extension:

Hilltop Tacoma System Expansion Map

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