Pierce County

Read the Pierce County 2020 Progress Report

More transit for Pierce County

During the next five years, getting around is getting easier. Learn more about Sound Transit's progress building and operating an expanding system in Pierce County and how you can let us get you where you need to go. 

Check out these businesses along the future Tacoma Link line to Hilltop.

2021

Link icon Link to Northgate

A 7-minute ride takes you from Husky Stadium to the new NHL practice facility at Northgate.

2022

Link icon Tacoma Link to Hilltop

Grab lunch in the Stadium District between classes at UW Tacoma.

Parking icon More parking

New garages at Puyallup (opens 2022) and Sumner (opens 2023) make it easier to leave the car behind and relax your way to work on Sounder.

2023

Link icon East Link to Redmond Technology

Ride from Northgate to the Microsoft campus, or hop on at Bellevue's new Spring District neighborhood or Mercer Island and cross Lake Washington to downtown Seattle or the U District.

2024

Link icon Extending Link north, south and east

Ungrip the steering wheel and fly by traffic on your way north to Lynnwood, south to Federal Way and east to Downtown Redmond.

BT icon Stride on up to new bus rapid transit

No schedule needed to get you to destinations on I-405, SR 518, SR 522 or NE 145th St. Step off a Stride bus and onto Link light rail at Shoreline, Lynnwood, Bellevue or Tukwila.

Parking iconMore parking

Lots more parking plus new bike and pedestrian paths give you more connections to transit at North Sammamish as well as Kent, Auburn, Edmonds and Mukilteo Sounder stations.

2019 progress

  • Partnering with City of Tacoma, relocated and upgraded utilities along the Link route. Began laying track and installing power.
  • Loyal to the Local campaign launched to support businesses in the construction zone. Join in with your support.

2020 look-ahead 

  • Complete track and start building stations while continuing to manage construction cost risks.

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Features

  • Regional light rail comes to Pierce County, joining Sounder, Tacoma Link and ST Express services.
  • 4 new stations: South Federal Way, Fife, Portland Avenue and Tacoma Dome.
  • New parking at Fife and South Federal Way stations and short walk to catch the Tacoma Link at Tacoma Dome. Local bus routes will connect to stations. 

2019 progress

  • Developed alternative route and station locations with help from broad public input, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and local jurisdictions.
  • The Sound Transit Board chose the preferred alternative and other alternatives to study in an Environmental Impact Statement.

2020 look-ahead 

  • Learn more about route options and station area refinements

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Features

  • Starting point for light rail extension to Pierce County.
  • 3 new stations: Kent/Des Moines near Highline College, S 272nd and Federal Way Transit Center.
  • 3,200 parking spaces and frequent bus connections from Pierce County to Federal Way Transit Center for light rail to Sea-Tac Airport and regional destinations. 

2019 progress

  • Advanced route and station designs and acquired property.

2020 look-ahead

  • Groundbreaking and start of construction.

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Features

  • Puyallup garage and 165 surface parking spaces as well as bicycle and sidewalk improvements.
  • Sumner garage and local sidewalk and lighting enhancements.
  • New garages at Kent and Auburn stations open in 2024.

2019 progress

  • Sound Transit Board selected contractor to design and build the Puyallup garage.
  • City of Sumner began rebuilding the Traffic Avenue/410 interchange and improving sidewalks near the station with funding contributions from Sound Transit.

2020 look-ahead 

  • Finalize Pierce County garage designs and prepare to start construction. 

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Features

  • Sounder South Capacity Expansion to serve more passengers could include additional service, expanding platforms to serve trains up to 10 cars long and other updates to Sumner, Puyallup, Tacoma Dome, South Tacoma, Lakewood and south King County stations.

2019 progress

  • Launched planning with initial public involvement to determine best investments.

2020 look-ahead 

  • Identify and begin planning first round of projects.

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Features

  • 2 stations with parking at Tillicum and DuPont to serve Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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Features

  • Connects riders from Spanaway/Parkland to Tacoma Dome transit hub and downtown Tacoma. 
  • Sound Transit is contributing $60 million to Pierce Transit, who will build and operate the service.

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