Sounder commuter rail station options for South Tacoma topic of public meeting Wednesday, Aug. 9

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By 2002, Sound Transit's Sounder commuter train will begin service to South Tacoma and Lakewood. Three locations are being considered for the South Tacoma station, and Sound Transit is inviting and encouraging people to share their opinions at an open house and public meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the Guardian Security Building, 5424 S. Tacoma Way. The informal open house will begin at 6 p.m. and the public meeting starts at 7 p.m.

People will also have the opportunity to comment 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.

The public comment period began on June 23rd and will close on August 12th. All comments on the draft EIS will then be considered and addressed in the final EIS that should be ready this fall. For people who are unable to attend the meeting in person, 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 www.soundtransit.org/. 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.

For more information on Sound Transit e-mail us at main@soundtransit.org, call or write us at 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 398-5000.


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