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Sound Transit Breaks Ground on Tacoma Link Extension

Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff spoke at ground-breaking ceremonies for the 2.4-mile Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension.

Sound Transit in Seattle has broken ground on the 2.4-mile Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension, which will extend the current light rail line from the Theatre District in downtown Tacoma, WA, to two residential neighborhoods, including construction of six new stations and relocation of an existing station.

The kickoff event at a park in downtown Tacoma celebrated the agency’s partnership with FTA and the city of Tacoma to build the extension.

FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams noted at the event that the extension of Tacoma Link will connect additional neighborhoods with employment centers.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) said, “Years of thoughtful planning and collaboration between community, state and federal
An artist’s rendering of Sound Transit’s Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension, scheduled to open in 2022.
leaders to connect downtown Tacoma with the historic Stadium and Hilltop neighborhoods helped lay the tracks for today’s ground breaking, and I am thrilled to see the results of our hard work to expand affordable public transit options for local residents, students and commuters.”

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) said, “Expanding Tacoma Link will bring $250 million in economic development to our region’s economy. Best of all, it connects neighbors to each other, cuts traffic and helps people avoid hefty parking bills.”

Funding for the $217 million project comes through a partnership between Sound Transit and the city of Tacoma, a $75 million federal Small Starts grant and a $15 million federal TIGER grant.

The extension is scheduled to enter service in 2022.
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