Thanks for joining us last fall!
In November we held an outreach period to talk about the Tacoma Dome Link Extension and our latest designs. Thank you to everyone who came out to say hello at a drop-in session or joined us online to learn more about the project. We heard excitement for the project, interest in when more designs will be available, and questions about when more decisions will be made. Here are a few highlights from the outreach period:
- More than 350 people joined us at our 12 in-person drop-in sessions.
- More than 1,500 people visited our online drop-in session from Nov. 12 to Dec. 6.
The technical team is considering all feedback received during this outreach period as they continue to refine the preferred routes and station designs before we publish our Draft Environmental Impact Statement in 2021.
Looking back at 2019
Last year was a big year for TDLE! Throughout 2019, we focused on improving accessible communication, reaching diverse audiences along the corridor, and increasing transparency in the decision-making process. The Sound Transit Board of Directors selected preferred routes and station designs using feedback from the public and technical staff.
- We talked with more than 800 people at our open houses, tabling events and drop-in sessions.
- Over 4,600 people visited our two online open houses.
- We held a listening session in East Tacoma to learn more about and better understand the neighborhood’s unique features and characteristics.
- We collected more than 700 comments from open houses, online open houses and drop-in sessions.
- We held nine Elected Leadership Group Meetings and six Stakeholder Group Meetings.
All feedback and participation helped the Sound Transit Board select preferred routes and stations designs. Technical staff are considering this feedback as they work toward preparing the preferred route and station designs for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Happy 2020! We hope to see you soon.
In 2020, we’ll continue to work to expand project awareness and communicate our progress. We still have plenty of work to do as we continue refining preferred routes and station designs. The project team will be working to develop a Draft EIS, expected for publication in early 2021.
Much of our work will continue with project partners: The Puyallup Tribe of Indians, King and Pierce counties and their local transit agencies, the cities of Federal Way, Milton, Fife and Tacoma, and more. We are continually thinking about how to each station and the regional system could work best for future riders. You can expect project updates from time to time.