|We are here: Alternatives Evaluation|
This is it. The list of options available have been measured against the criteria that the public has given to Sound Transit.
The draft goals and objectives of the project are:
• Improve mobility and transportation access for Tacoma residents and visitors
• Increase transit ridership
• Serve underserved neighborhoods
• Spur economic development
• Ensure that the project is environmentally sensitive and sustainable
• Establish a project that is competitive for federal funding
The last series of meetings in the initial scoping was to gather input on what alternatives to study and how they should be evaluated. Well now the evaluations and the initial screening of the alternatives will be presented along with costs and ridership projections.
With this, we will finally have in our hands the ability to select from a palette of options that will have a variety of impacts on their surrounding areas - granting access to the regional transit system like never before, while stimulating economic development near the stations.
This document will also give us the tools we need to plan for a Phase 2 (ST3?) expansion of Tacoma Link.
I want to stress to people who have been anxious to see Tacoma Link move forward, that we are only four months away from selecting a build alternative. After that, the process is to go into environmental review and design, engineering, construction, and service. Transit officials will probably tell you that it's more complicated than that, but really...
...in my mind, it's only a matter of time.
Also! If you can't make the meeting on Dec 5th for whatever reason, Sound Transit will be having additional drop in sessions to talk to staff and receive materials about the state of the alternatives analysis project - PLUS there's a webinar on Dec. 13th (5:30pm - 6:30pm) that you can register for here.
Full schedule of events
Open house - December 5
4:00 - 7:00pm, UW Tacoma William W. Philllip Hall
Review what you told us in early scoping, see alternatives, provide feedback on alternatives and learn about next steps.
An informal opportunity to learn about the project process, see alternatives and provide feedback.
December 6, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Tacoma Library, Olympic Room: 1102 Tacoma Ave South
December 6, 4:00 - 6:00pm, Evergreen College, Room 206: 1210 6th Ave
December 10, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Tully's in Stadium District: 24 North Tacoma Avenue
December 10, 4:00 - 6:00pm, Forza Coffee Company: 317 South 72nd Street
December 11, 11:00am - 1:00pm, STAR Center Lobby: 3873 S. 66th St.