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Next Steps for Tacoma Link Expansion
Sound Transit is continuing to move forward on the possible expansion of Tacoma's Link light rail system that would take it out of the downtown core and up the hill to the Stadium District, before looping around, up North 1st Street to MLK and the Hilltop neighborhood.
As a part of the environmental review phase, Sound Transit will be looking at potential community and environmental impacts of the route selected last year, including possible stations and expanded maintenance facilities at East 25th and G.
The transit agency will host a public open house on the expansion next Tuesday, May 20 at Allen AME Church in the Hilltop, where it will ask the public to help shape the future of the project.
At the open house, Sound transit will give the public the opportunity to learn a little more about the chosen route, and to comment on potential station locations. Attendees will also have the chance to review maintenance facility site options, discuss key design factors and potential environmental impacts, and to hear about next steps.
For those who can't make it to the open house, Sound Transit has posted an online survey, available through May 23, which shows not only a map, but street views of proposed stop locations, as well as an overview of possible expansion options for the operations and maintenance facilities.
Aside from giving the public the opportunity to make general comments on possible stop locations, destinations they would like to see served, and their general impressions of Sound Transit's handling of the project, the survey includes very specific questions like this one:
At Station Area #1 there is an option to move the existing Theater District Station to Old City Hall (near S. 7th St. and Commerce St). Should we move the station to Old City Hall vicinity or keep the existing station?
Although funding for the expansion of Tacoma's Link is yet to be identified, it's nice to see planning moving forward, and worth considering the possiblities for various stops, and for their various impacts on the blocks surrounding them - especially with the imminent adoption of the Hilltop Subarea Plan.
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