Public hearings on Sounder Lakewood-Tacoma line and Lakewood Park and Ride projects

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Sound Transit will hold two public hearings this month to receive comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the six-mile Sounder commuter rail line from Lakewood to Tacoma and expansion of the Park-and-Ride facility at State Route 512 in Lakewood. The EIS is a document required by state and federal environmental laws that analyzes the environmental impacts of major projects in communities.

Both public hearings will begin at 7 p.m., the first on Wednesday, July 12, at the South Park Community Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma; the second on Thursday, July 13, at Pierce Transit Lakewood Training Center, 6132 Motor Avenue, Lakewood.

The public comment period began on June 23rd and will remain open until August 12th. After August 12th, comments on the draft EIS will be considered and addressed in the final EIS that should be ready this fall.

For people who are unable to attend the hearings, written comments may be mailed to John Hubbard, project manager, Sounder commuter rail south line draft EIS, Sound Transit, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104.

Copies of the draft EIS document will be available for review at Sound Transit headquarters and many area public libraries. Maps and other information may be viewed and downloaded from the Sound Transit Web site at

Sound Transit is on track to implement a three-county region-wide transit system plan known as Sound Move. Approved by voters in 1996, Sound Move will be a seamless blend of three regional transportation systems: Sounder commuter rail, running 82 miles from Everett to Tacoma/Lakewood; Link light rail, a 21-mile system connecting the cities of Seattle, Tukwila and SeaTac and a 1.6 mile system in Tacoma; and Regional Express, featuring 18 new ST Express limited stop, long-haul bus routes and 49 capital projects including new and improved transit centers, park-and-ride lots and access to HOV lanes.

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