Sound Transit to hold public meeting on Tacoma Link Expansion

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Public invited to review, comment on station locations, preliminary design plans for 2.4-mile expansion 

Sound Transit will hold an open house on preliminary design plans for the expansion of Tacoma Link on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 4:30- 7:30 p.m. at The Evergreen State College – Tacoma campus, 1210 6th Ave.

An online open house at tacomalink.org is also available Dec.1-20 for people who cannot attend the meeting.

Members of the public are invited to review and comment on 30 percent design plans for the 2.4-mile expansion, which includes one relocated and six new stations from the Theater District through the Stadium Way and Hilltop neighborhoods. The extension also includes expansion of the existing operations and maintenance facility (OMF), traction power substations along the alignment and public art.

This month, the Sound Transit Board of Directors selected the route, stations and OMF expansion. The expanded system will run primarily in-street along Stadium Way, North 1st Street, Division Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr., Way. Staff will spend the next two years advancing engineering work on the project and refining cost estimates. Assuming all funding is secured, construction would begin in 2018.

The existing 1.6-mile light rail line serves six stations between the Theater District and the Tacoma Dome. Trains run every 12 minutes and provide nearly a million rides per year.