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Comment on ST-3 Transit Investment Priorities
Yesterday the Sound Transit Board of Directors released its draft list of priority projects for possible inclusion in the next round of the agency's regional transit investments.
It's a short list of projects the agency is asking for public feedback on. That feedback will be considered, and starting this fall the agency will conduct further analysis to narrow the options that could be included in the ST-3 ballot measure, which could go to voters as early as November 2016.
There's an interactive map of possible projects around the region. You can click around on it and see what the potential projects are. In Tacoma they include Link expansion to Tacoma Community College and the Tacoma Mall, and segments of Link light rail connecting Tacoma to Federal Way and points north, either via I-5 or 99.
An accompanying survey, open now through July 8, asks the public to weigh in on their level of support for transit expansion in general, and for specific projects around the region in particular. A series of public meetings are also scheduled. In Tacoma the meeting will be June 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (presentation at 6 p.m.) at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.
ST-3 could include some local projects, but that will require Tacoma and Pierce County residents to get involved and advocate for their transit needs over the needs of other areas in the Puget Sound region, including Everett and Renton.
The outcome of this process will shape where our regional mass transit system goes in the decades to come. So no pressure. Take the ST-3 survey here.
What are the projects you most hope to see included in ST-3?
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