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No More Amshak for Tacoma
In December, when the Washington Department of Transportation introduced plans for the new Tacoma Amtrak station to be located at Freighthouse Square, public reaction fell somewhat short of enthusiastic support... Okay, who are we kidding? Most of you hated it. It got dubbed the "Amshak," among other insults.
Well, it looks like the Amshak is dead.
The News Tribune reports that WSDOT will be going back to the drawing board to replace original plans for the design that would have called for the western-most 150 feet of Freighthouse Square to be demolished and replaced with a steel and glass train depot.
State officials are saying that the draft images we saw in December were in "very early stages" of the planning process, which they will now look to take in a different direction - one more likely to gain local support.
Public meetings will be held January 23 and 30 at which WSDOT will take public input to inform a new round of design options. The department hopes to have those new design concepts ready to share sometime in February. And there's talk of bringing in local help with the design.
A citizen advisory group has made recommendations, including that the new station be added at the east end of Freighhouse Square, and that the existing old (but not officially "historic") building not be subject to any exterior demolition. WSDOT seems willing to listen to those suggestions and others.
We'll keep our fingers crossed for a better design option in February... and that the powers that be don't just tell Tacoma riders to learn to tuck-and-roll...
What would you like to see in a new Amtrak station?
Previously on Exit133: New Amtrak Station at Freighthouse Square
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