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Category: Sound Transit


Puyallup City Council to hold special meeting to discuss Sound Transit station improvements, parking issues

The Puyallup City Council will hold its second joint meeting with Sound Transit board members and city officials to discuss access and improvement of the transit station in downtown Puyallup.

At the first meeting last week, a facilitator helped the group work through hopes, fears and suggestions regarding the issues surrounding parking and other access-related problems that have come up as the Sounder station’s use has increased.

Last year, Sound Transit said it would begin planning long-term access improvements at the Sumner and Puyallup stations. Parking garages were included in the initial plans, but some officials were reluctant to build

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Pierce County officials celebrate pilot transportation program at Sumner Senior Center

Several Pierce County officials were on hand Wednesday at the Sumner Senior Center to celebrate the newest transportation project in Pierce County.

Beyond the Borders Connector is a free pilot transportation program available to seniors 65 and older, eligible low-income residents and those with disabilities in Sumner and Bonney Lake, as well as Spanaway, Roy and Yelm. Launched at the beginning of March, it is an extension of a transportation program that has been running for about 10 years throughout Pierce County, and is funded by a grant through Pierce County Community Connections.

This program accommodates

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Learn more about expanding Tacoma Link

Sound Transit will host two open house events this week seeking public comment and review of alternatives for expanding the Tacoma Link system.

The Link currently operates on a 1.6-mile route between the Tacoma Dome and Theater District stations.

Open house events are scheduled for:

• 4-7 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 12, Tacoma Dome Station Plaza, 424 E. 25th St.

• 4-7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 13, University of Washington Tacoma, William Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Ave.

Citizens unable to attend either open house can complete an online comment survey here.

The survey is open through Feb. 28.


If we can’t put a bird on new Tacoma Sounder bridge, maybe we could just park a train on it

I’ve been trying to figure out why the new Sounder bridge over Pacific Avenue is so disappointing (see the next item down or click here). I really thought it was going to look nicer but wasn’t sure why.

Maybe I was expecting something nicer so I looked up the architectural renditions to see if Sound Transit actually built what was promised. While it appears that the bridge looks like the pictures, I have now realized why they look better than the final product. The artists placed a Sounder train on the bridge, an addition that gives the bridge

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New Sounder rail bridge over Pacific Avenue looks a little better with railing, lights (but not much better)

I guess the new Sounder bridge in downtown Tacoma won’t look as bad as I thought when it first went up. Some decorative grill work on the sides have been installed and the panels are uplit at night.

Work seems to have shifted to the track between Pacific Avenue and M street behind the Rescue Mission complex. There was a need for some pretty complex bulkheads to keep the hillside in place.

Here are a few cell phone snaps of the new bridge. (click on the pix to view larger)

Here is the link to the

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That’s not rubble along the route of Sound Transit’s Sounder project, it’s history

The road through Tacoma was paved, not with gold, but with cobblestones.

Big, heavy and rather lumpy, the cobblestones of Tacoma were either repurposed granite ballast from ships returning from England or sandstone blocks cut from the mine in Wilkeson.

Either way, they are beneath many old city streets, remaining on the surface only in a few areas of town, mainly in historic Old Town. Many hundreds have been dug up by work crews building the Sound Transit Sounder link between S. M Street and Freighthouse Square.

Robert Magoon, who owns a business in the area, wondered what would happen

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Sound Transit to clamp down on illegal parking at stations, park-and-ride lots

Sound Transit kicks off an enhanced parking enforcement program this month at its Sounder stations and park-and-ride lots.

The purpose is to ensure these popular commuter areas are properly used:

The move comes after Sounder commuter rail and ST Express bus riders complained that parking is overcrowded because vehicles are parked overnight in lots or improperly parked.

Of the 21 transit centers Sound Transit operates in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties that provide parking, Sound Transit said six are at 99 percent capacity or above, and seven are at least 90 percent full.

Here is Sound Transit’s plan:

Beginning Jan. 15, parking

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