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3/15/2013



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Sound Transit to solicit public feedback on Tacoma Link expansion


Sound Transit will host an open house March 19 to gather public input on the corridor alternatives for a potential expansion of the Tacoma Link light-rail system.

The agency seeks to narrow the number of alternatives for the project, which calls for expanding the 1.6-mile Tacoma Link line that now operates between the Tacoma Dome and Theater District stations, Sound Transit officials said in a prepared statement.

The open house follows several public meetings Sound Transit officials have held during the past eight months to gather citizens' comments on a range of corridor options under study during the alternatives analysis process. At the March 19 meeting, the public will have the opportunity to comment on three corridor alternatives that have emerged as those most responsive to expansion goals, Sound Transit officials said.

After the open house, agency staff will present recommendations to the Sound Transit's board to choose the preferred corridor alternative or alternatives that will be advanced for further study in an environmental review process.

Voters approved the Tacoma Link expansion in 2008 as part of the Sound Transit 2 ballot measure. The agency is seeking federal support and exploring options for additional funding partners for the expansion.


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