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Sound Transit to negotiate terms for new Tacoma Link stop


Sound Transit’s board recently authorized staff to negotiate a term sheet with the city of Tacoma, Wash., to build a new, city-funded station on the Tacoma Link light-rail route.

The 1.6-mile line, which entered service in 2003, currently serves five stops between the Tacoma Dome Station and Theatre District. The term sheet enables Sound Transit staff to work with the city to finalize a scope, schedule and operating agreement for the proposed station’s design and construction.

The new stop, to be located at 11th and Commerce streets, is designed to give downtown business district transit users greater access to Tacoma Link. The station would include two 40-foot platforms and shelters, lighting and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps.

If the project’s plans are approved by Sound Transit’s board, the city of Tacoma would release a request for bids this fall. Service at the new stop is expected to begin next spring, Sound Transit officials said in a prepared statement.