6. Pierce County

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Read the Pierce County 2019 Regional Report

 

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Link Light Rail

Federal Way Link Extension
Tacoma Dome Link Extension

Tacoma Link

Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension

Sounder Commuter Rail

Sumner Station Parking and Access Improvements
Puyallup Station Parking and Access Improvements
Sounder South Capacity Expansion

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Key excerpts from the report

Transit helps keep the region moving as our population grows

By 2040, Pierce County is projected to be home to a quarter million more people than in 2015. That’s like doubling the combined populations of Tacoma and Puyallup. People are discovering the South Sound quality of life at a record pace. But when all these people are on the roads at the same time, gridlock happens.

Light rail and Sounder trains are the best options for moving thousands more people every hour in Pierce County without adding to freeway traffic.

Transit provides reliability

Traveling in their own rights of way, Sounder trains deliver passengers to their destinations at the same time every day regardless of traffic.

Travel times from Seattle to Tacoma

Pierce County Drive Times

*Reliable travel time gets commuters to their destinations on time 19 out of 20 weekdays. Source: WSDOT 2017 Corridor Capacity report.

Finances

Transit construction and operation is paid for by a combination of local taxes, federal grants, borrowing through the issuance of bonds, fares and other sources. Sound Transit recently received its 24th annual Financial Statement and federal funding Single Audit conducted by the independent outside auditing firm KPMG. No material weaknesses have been found since these audits began in 1995. Sound Transit has one of the highest bond ratings of any transit agency in the country, allowing us to obtain loans at lower interest rates, which helps save taxpayer dollars. Sound Transit’s Board of Directors is made up of 17 local elected officials and the state Secretary of Transportation.

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Tax rollback

After voter-approved capital projects are completed, Sound Transit will reduce taxes to a level necessary to operate and maintain the system and pay associated debt service on outstanding bond.

 

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