Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sound Transit picks Tacoma Link route

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The Sound Transit Board of Directors has selected the North Downtown Central Corridor, also called the E1 Corridor, as the alignment to move ahead with further environmental review for a potential expansion of the Tacoma Link light rail system.

The E1 Corridor would link the Stadium District and Martin Luther King Jr. mixed use center. The 2.3-mile route will be further defined and evaluated as part of the project level environmental review process.

Tacoma's existing 1.6-mile Link light rail line, which many advocates consider a streetcar operation, currently serves six stations between the Theater District and Tacoma Dome Station.

"The decision by the Board [May 23] allows Sound Transit to focus its planning efforts on one corridor out of the 24 corridor options studied, with the goal of identifying a specific route for expanding the Tacoma Link light rail line," Sound Transit Board Chair and Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy told local media.