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When the Tacoma Amtrak station moves to Freighthouse Square, it will lose the ample free parking available at its current location further down Puyallup Avenue.
With the move, the new Amtrak station location joins the cluster that already includes the Sounder station, the terminus of the Tacoma Link, and the Tacoma Dome bus transit hub. The free Pierce Transit parking garage is frequently full to capacity, many nearby lots are already allocated to other uses, and the construction of the new station will mean the loss of some on-street angle parking.
There are concerns that the loss of the free (or affordable) adjacent long-term parking could be problematic for Amtrak ridership. Some Dome District business owners are also concerned about the impact of increased parking demands on their neighborhood, and are calling for Pierce Transit to start charging for parking at its garage.
We haven't seen a parking study for the area, but is anyone really trusting enough to leave their car parked at the Amtrak station for the weekend anyway?Read more at The News Tribune