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Sound Transit taps Walsh to build light-rail extension

The 2.4-mile light-rail extension will run along Commerce Street and Stadium Way to the Hilltop District in Tacoma, Washington.
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[Editor's note: This story was updated on July 30.]

Sound Transit's board yesterday awarded a $108 million contract to Walsh Construction Co. to build the Hilltop Tacoma Link light-rail extension and seven new platform stations.

The project calls for extending the existing light-rail line by 2.4 miles from the Theater District in downtown Tacoma, Washington, to the city's Stadium District and Hilltop neighborhoods.

The contract includes relocation of utilities and construction of five power substations, an overhead contact system, new traffic signals and new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps. In addition, Walsh will expand the existing Tacoma Link operations and maintenance facility and rail yard.

The $217 million Hilltop Tacoma Link extension is partially funded by a $75 million Small Starts grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The project's other funding sources include revenue from the Sound Transit 2 ballot initiative, the city of Tacoma and other federal and state grants.

Service on the new extension is slated to start in 2022. Sound Transit has plans for an additional expansion project that would bring the Tacoma Link to Tacoma Community College by 2039.

In November 2017, Sound Transit's board awarded a $26.5 million contract to Brookville Equipment Corp. to supply five light-rail cars for the Hilltop extension.

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