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TRANSIT: Tacoma plan doesn’t further vision

Letter by William B. Bailey, Tacoma on Nov. 18, 2014 at 10:41 am | No Comments »
November 18, 2014 11:31 am

Re: “The vision: Light rail throughout the region” (editorial, 11-16).

While reading you editorial urging completion of the light rail system to Tacoma and Everett (Lakewood also), I kept thinking about the current Tacoma segment linking downtown to the Tacoma Dome.

I recall reading of the recent public planning exercise that seemed to endorse extension of the Tacoma segment from its northerly terminus up the recently rebuilt Stadium Way to connect the hospitals to downtown.

Could the resources for this project be redirected to an extension from the Dome towards Fife, Federal Way and Sea-Tac Airport? A current project underway at Sea-Tac is extending the light rail south from its current end near South 176th to South 200th streets.

How would running the light rail towards the two hospitals help achieve the vision of a built-out regional mass transit system?

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