Monday, December 17, 2012

Tacoma Link Expansion Survey

Sound Transit, along with the City of Tacoma and Pierce Transit, have identified six corridor alternatives regarding the expansion of the 1.6 mile long Tacoma Link light rail line. These corridors were chosen based on the following important criteria: 

  • Improve connections to regional transit
  • Increase transit ridership and reduce car use
  • Connect to an existing neighborhood or major activity center
  • Improve transit service between downtown Tacoma and at least one neighborhood
  • Serve existing or proposed areas of high density housing or jobs
  • Serve an area that is home to many low-income and/or minority residents, or has received relatively low infrastructure investments
  • Connect to an existing mixed-use center or a designated manufacturing/industrial center
  • Avoid major costly engineering challenges, such as corridors with steep elevation grades

As such, six corridors were identified (see map):

  • B1- 6th Avenue to Union Avenue via Stadium Way and Division Street
  • E1- 19th and Martin Luther King Jr Way via Stadium Way and Division Street
  • C1- 48th and Portland Avenue via E 25th Street
  • G1- Pacific Highway
  • D4- Tacoma Mall via Portland Avenue, 38th/48th Street
  • E2- A variant of E1 with a downtown loop component on Jefferson Street
Next steps include opportunities for public input and analyzing data regarding potential ridership, square footage, development potential, and capital costs. From there, the list will be whittled down to two potential corridors, followed by additional public comment leading to a preferred alternative to be presented to the Sound Transit Board in April.

To help in this process, Sound Transit would like your feedback. Please fill out their brief survey.

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