Sound Transit is seeking public feedback on options for expanding light rail services from Federal Way to Tacoma. The agency wants feedback on the different route and station location options to focus on in an upcoming environmental report.
Public input will help the Sound Transit Board and the Federal Transit Administration determine which alternatives to study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that the agency must prepare in compliance with state and national environmental policy regulations.
An online open house is available as of today, and will remain available through May 1. The online open house can be accessed here. People can also submit comments via email at TDLEScoping@soundtransit.org or by mail to: Sound Transit, Elma Borbe, 401 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104. Voicemail comments can be left at (206) 903-7118.
The agency is also hosting several in-person open houses throughout the month of April:
- 6-8 p.m. April 16 at Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E.
- 6-8 p.m. April 17 at Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St.
- 6-8 p.m. April 23 at Performing Arts and Events Center, 31510 Pete Von Reichbauer Way S.
After May 1, the Sound Transit Board will consider the comments it has received, in addition to other information, to identify a preferred alternative for the routes and stations — as well as any other possible alternatives — to evaluate in the Draft EIS. The final EIS will respond to comments received on the Draft EIS. The process will document the Tacoma Dome Link Extension’s potential impacts on the environment and will take about three years to complete.
The light rail extension from Federal Way to the Tacoma Dome will be 9.7 miles of elevated and at-grade light rail from the Federal Way Transit Center to the Tacoma Dome and will include a new bridge crossing the Puyallup River, according to a press release from Sound Transit. The project will include four new stations located in south Federal Way, Fife, east Tacoma, and the Tacoma Dome. The new line is scheduled to open in 2030.
More information on the project is available online.