The Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail Connection is an envisioned corridor between downtown Tacoma and downtown Puyallup for people walking & rolling that is physically separated from car traffic and safe for people of all ages and abilities.
Downtown On the Go has been a leader in moving the project forward since 2017 and we’re proud to announce that a major milestone is completed and an ask headed to the Washington State Legislature for $2.3 million to begin preliminary engineering.
In 2019, project partners undertook a Route Analysis Study with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to assess the feasibility of three potential routes to complete this crucial connection. Three potential alignments were assessed for safety, connections, accessibility, equity, environment and community fit, and cost, along with fatal flaws.
In 2020, project partners selected a separated trail along the new SR 167 route as the highest priority connection. The next step for this preferred route is Preliminary Engineering and the coalition has once again come together to develop a legislative ask of $2.3 million to complete this next phase.
The Tacoma to Puyallup Trail Connection Cohort wants to honor and acknowledge two members of our coalition who were instrumental in getting the project moving and who retired this year, Jane Moore, Executive Director at ForeverGreen Trails Coalition, and Dennis Hanberg, Public Works Director at Pierce County. Both organizations have already sent a replacement to the coalition so the work continues with the full slate of partners: Washington State Department of Transportation, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, City of Fife, City of Puyallup, City of Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, Port of Tacoma, Pierce County, ForeverGreen Trails, Downtown On the Go, and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative’s Active Transportation Community of Interest.