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Sound Transit looking for public input on Link expansion

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Aug. 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
August 21, 2012 3:30 pm

If you’ve got strong ideas, or even mild ones for that matter, about what direction you’d like to see downtown Tacoma’s Link light rail system expand, Sound Transit stands ready to listen at two public meetings Wednesday.

The region-wide transit system is holding two open houses Wedneday as part of what it calls its early scoping effort to extend the 1.6-mile Tacoma Link system. Sound Transit has already spent two years studying which way to move forward, and still has only general ideas of what the alternatives might be.

It has identified eight possible corridors linking the present downtown Link line to the Tacoma Mall, to James Center via South 19th Street, to Fife and the Puyallup Tribal casinos, to South 72nd Street and Portland Avenue, to the Martin Luther King Way corridor between Tacoma’s two major hospitals, to the Stadium District and beyond via Division and Sixth Avenues to Pine Street and via I Street to North Alder St.

Voters approved the expansion of the Link system in 2008. The existing system operates between the Tacoma Dome and Theater District downtown.

The events will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the People’s Community Center at 1602 South Martin Luther King Jr. Way and from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome Station Plaza at 424 East 25th Street.

This is what the agency says it has done thus far:

Last year, Sound Transit completed an analysis of eight potential corridors for the expansion of Tacoma Link. Six of the corridors were reviewed by a stakeholder group that included broad representation from public agencies, community organizations, and businesses throughout Pierce County. Sound Transit included two additional alternatives in the analysis to address the potential corridors for expansion included in the Regional Transit Long-Range Plan for the agency. The information gathered during the stakeholder group process will serve as a foundation for working with the community to ensure Sound Transit is evaluating all potential corridor options.

Citizens unable to attend the open houses can submit comments online at www.soundtransit.org/tacomalinkexpansion, by email to erin.hunter@soundtransit.org, or by writing to Erin Hunter, Tacoma Link Expansion Project, Sound Transit, 401 South Jackson Street, Seattle, Washington, 98104-2826. Public comments during the early scoping process are accepted through September 17.

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