Several of Sound Transit’s proposed routes for extending the Tacoma Link include constructing a rail line running up Stadium Way. This is a bad idea.
Stadium Way is a main arterial connecting Interstate 705 and Interstate 5 to the Stadium District, Upper Old Town along North Tacoma Avenue, Multicare facilities, and surrounding residential and commercial areas. This thoroughfare carries heavy auto traffic; many travelers who cannot depend on public transit due to destinations or trip origins outside the transit boundaries or at long distances from transit routes.
Closed now during reconstruction, Stadium normally accommodates school and transit buses in addition to auto traffic. Bike lanes currently being constructed are assumed to add much bicycle traffic. Stadium is the most direct route for many emergency vehicles from large areas to Multicare.
Addition of a streetcar line would cause major traffic disruption resulting in long delays and congestion. Observe the effect on traffic along South 26th Street, lower Pacific Avenue and Commerce Street when a rail car passes through.
Part of Sound Transit’s mission statement says its operations are to improve mobility around the Central Puget Sound area. Adding a streetcar line to Stadium Way would do just the opposite for area occupants and those who travel this route.
Keep Stadium Way available for free traffic flow as it was intended to be. Don’t add a rail line.