|From motion M2012-13 of the Sound Transit capital committee passed on March 8, 2012, regarding Tacoma Link.|
After attending Transportation Lobby Day (which is worth at least five posts on it's own), I had the chance to make it to the Tacoma Link Alternatives Analysis open house at Tacoma Dome Station. I noticed a lot of comments on B1 (6th Avenue), so I had a fellow transit advocate snap me a photo (below). The comments are great, if you have a minute to look them over - after you read the next bit.
There is one glaring inconsistency in Sound Transit's literature on the amount of the capital contribution that voters approved in 2008. In all ST documents until recently, the capital contribution for Tacoma Link expansion was slated at $79m in 2011 dollars. We've been talking about it since the measure passed in 2008. Now, Sound Transit is saying that contribution is only $50m.
|Does ST expect us to not notice|
a $29m change in commitment?
What I have to stress to people is if the cost of the project is larger than both Sound Transit's contribution and any federal grant that we get, Tacoma will have to pick up the difference. Raising $20m from an LID might be feasible, but $50m would be really pushing the limits of what you could raise.
Tacoma shows the love for B1 - North End Central
|Comments made on B1 - North End Central (Photo by Ben S.)|
Comments on Corridor B1 from the 2/12/2013 Tacoma Link Expansion open house
- This route would serve Stadium + would maybe help reduce parking problems around the school and maybe encourage highschoolers to rely more on public transportation, which we could all use.
- I like that this route connects the link to sixth ave because of the number of businesses there
- * This is the best option *
- This option would continue to benefit UWT and also encourage ridership for high school students. In addition, it would also complement the growing 6th Ave district.
- 6th Ave - best choice - lots of redevelopment potential for TOD - serves exist schools & hospitals - can eventually be extended to TCC
- My vote is this one, I have followed rail development for years. Am impressed with this planning process. North End Central makes the most sense to me.
- Establishing transit on roads that are already major arteries for transportation makes the most sense. Developing the most important arteries first is also sensible, so sixth ave seems the best place to start. Either there or the east side route.
- Build me.
- This option serves a business district can serve a college can interconnect to transit to residential areas that were built around streetcars
- This route best serves objectives to continue development of downtown businesses & vibrant 6th ave district. Route also encourages college & high school demographic ridership. Roads are already in place, & route could later be modified to include TCC and/or MLK.
- This makes most sense :)
- This route would eliminate the use of my vehicle 5x per week in my commute to work!
- None of these benefit the North End.
- By far the best option.
- Great option for Hilltop/Central residents to get to downtown or TDome station - avoids a req to shift from bus* to LRT to connect to sounder! And expandable to TCC in the future (hopefully)!
- *with current/future reduction sin service hours on Pierce T, along 6th and S. 12th!
- Best option to increase ridership1
- 3rd best after E-1 & E-2 - Agreed!
- This is my favored option: I live in Old Town and would love the connection to the Dome Station & airport transportation, etc. But more than anything I just want the link to go up hiill. Even just up to MLK Jr would open up the whole hilltop area and have a dramatic impact on downtown. Thanks!
- Best option by far
- Mobility benefits are most pronounced with this alignment it would take 1hr 32min to walk from Tacoma Dome to 6th and Union. It would take much less time w/Link.
- Brilliant idea! It covers a lot of territory and is very convenient to access