Sound Transit's Tacoma Community office officially opens July 29th

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Sound Transit ­ the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority - will officially open its Community office, located at 1003 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma on Wednesday, July 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A special ceremony hosted by community leaders will take place from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Informative multi-media presentations on Sound Move, the ten-year regional transportation plan, will be on display and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend. 

"In the year 2001, Tacoma will be making Washington state history by introducing the state's first modern light rail system, and this Community office in Tacoma is a sound example of Sound Transit's commitment to keep citizens informed and involved," Tacoma City Council Member and Sound Transit board vice-chair Paul Miller said. "Tacoma's Community office will be a convenient location where the residents and workers can share their ideas on the design and environmental work on the Link light rail project, as well as information on all Sound Transit, City of Tacoma and Pierce Transit projects." 

The office will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it can also serve as a meeting location for community organizations and other groups interested in transportation issues. 

The 1.6-mile Link light rail system connecting downtown Tacoma with the Tacoma Dome commuter station is part of the Sound Move ten-year regional transportation plan. The other components of Sound Move include a 24-mile Link light rail line connecting the cities of Seattle, Tukwila and SeaTac; Sounder commuter rail, running 81 miles from Everett to Tacoma/Lakewood; and Regional Express, a bus transit system that will connect the major metropolitan areas, cities and communities throughout the region with 20 new, fast, limited-stop bus routes plus constructing and improving numerous transit centers, park-and-ride lots and HOV access ramps throughout the region. 

In November 1996 voters in the central Puget Sound region approved a 4/10 of one percent local sales tax and a 3/10 of one percent motor vehicle excise tax to fund the Sound Move plan. The ten-year, $3.9 billion (1995$) Sound Move project will also be funded by federal matching grants, interest earnings and farebox revenues.

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