This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
Tacoma needs two outcomes from the dispute between Sound Transit and Tacoma Rescue Mission.
One: Sound Transit must get on with building its 8.2-mile Tacoma Dome-to-Lakewood commuter rail extension.
Two: The rescue mission must ensure that 140 homeless men can continue to sleep at the South Tacoma Way shelter that sits 55 feet from Sound Transit’s tracks.
Both can happen – and should – if Sound Transit is to fulfill its obligations to this community.
The three-county transit authority took the rescue mission to court this month to force the condemnation of land it needs to get Sounder trains to Lakewood.
The agency is rightly anxious to secure the land it needs to get Sounder trains to Lakewood. The agency initially promised to extend Sounder service to that city by 2001; Lakewood residents have been paying taxes for nearly 14 years on the promise of commuter rail service.
But the Tacoma Rescue Mission’s plight is similarly sympathetic.