Analysis of options for Tacoma Link light rail about to go public

Publish Date

On Friday, October 16, a major step will be taken toward the development of Tacoma's 1.6-mile Link light rail line with the public issuance of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on the project. The draft EIS will report on the analysis by Sound Transit - the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority - of the potential benefits and impacts of a number of route, station and maintenance facility alternatives for connecting Pierce Transit's Tacoma Dome Station, the University of Washington campus and theater district/north downtown area.  

Public comment on the draft EIS will be accepted through November 16. A public hearing on the document will be held in Tacoma on November 5, and it will be discussed at an October 21 workshop being held as part of a broader Sound Transit public open house: 

Tacoma light rail workshop
6 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21  
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

1 - 3 p.m.: Tacoma Dome Station design workshop  
4 - 8 p.m.: Sound Transit informal open house

Tacoma light rail public hearing
7-9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5  
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

To obtain either a full copy or a summary of the draft EIS, contact Sound Transit:
e-mail:    Website:   TTY/TTD: 206-398-5086  

Tacoma Community office
1003 Pacific Ave.

Downtown Seattle office 
1100 Second Ave., Ste. 500   

Written comments about the draft EIS should be mailed to Desmond Brown at the downtown Seattle address listed above, or faxed to 206-684-1234.  

In addition to Tacoma Link light rail, Sound Transit is implementing Sounder commuter rail service on existing tracks between Lakewood and Everett, a central Link light rail line between SeaTac and Northgate, up to 20 new Regional Express limited-stop bus routes and improved transit connections including transit centers and park-and-ride facilities.   

For more information on Sound Move, please visit the Sound Transit website at You may also write or call for more information at Sound Transit, 1100 Second Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98101-2423, (206) 398-5000

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