Sound Transit open house Thursday on potential Tacoma Link expansion

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Public invited to review and comment on additional corridor alternatives

Sound Transit is conducting an open house this Thursday from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome Station, 424 East 25th Street. The event is part of an alternatives analysis to seek public feedback on corridor alternatives for a potential project to expand the 1.6-mile Tacoma Link system that now operates between the Tacoma Dome and Theater District stations. 

At the open house, the public will have the opportunity to review and comment on five corridor alternatives currently under consideration. Three of these alternatives were identified from a total of 24 possible corridor alternatives evaluated during the 18-month alternatives analysis process. Two additional "hybrid" corridors, one requested by the City of Tacoma and another by a citizens stakeholder roundtable group that convened as part of the alternatives analysis for the project, are also being reviewed.  

Once the analysis of the five corridor alternatives is complete, staff will present to the Sound Transit Board of Directors recommendations for identifying the preferred corridor alternative(s) that will advance for further study in the environmental review phase of the project. The board is scheduled to take action on May 23. 

A potential partnership to expand Tacoma Link was approved by voters in 2008 as part of the Sound Transit 2 ballot measure. Construction of the project is contingent on Sound Transit securing $50 million from a funding partner or partners and $50 million in Federal "Small Starts" grant funding to supplement $50 million in local ST2 revenues.

More information on the project can be found at www.soundtransit.org/tacomalinkexpansion.