What’s going on?
On Aug. 11, 2015, Tacoma City Council unanimously passed a resolution making a recommendation to the Sound Transit Board of Directors selecting the alignment and stations to be built. The recommendation reaffirms the preferred alternative route and stations.
Then, on Sept. 14, 2015, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Authority announced that it will give the city of Tacoma and Sound Transit $2 million grant to improve transit oriented development. This money will improve bike and pedestrian access to link stations, as well as improve neighborhood connections.
Why does this matter?
There is no doubt the selected alignment and stations will have an effect on the surrounding neighborhoods. The grant money will ensure bike and pedestrian improvements and beautification are addressed during the addition of the Link light rail.
What are people saying?
Exit 133 provided an overview of the Tacoma City Council meeting, as well as a piece discussing the opinions of the Tacoma’s Planning and Transportation commissions.
What can you do?
You still have time to weigh in on the proposed route and station locations. The public will have the opportunity to speak at the Sound Transit Board of Directors meeting, which is scheduled for October 22.
You can also subscribe to Tacoma Link Expansion Updates; just check the box labeled “Link Projects: Tacoma Link Expansion” under “Link Light Rail Project Updates – All.”
Where can you go for more information?
The Sound Transit summer folio provides a lot of good info and for the latest info, visit Sound Transit’s project page. Check back here as we provide updates as we get them!