Opportunities to weigh in online, in person on light rail route, station locations are available

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Sound Transit needs additional public feedback on route alternatives and station locations for extending light rail from Federal Way to Tacoma and will give an update on siting a new operations and maintenance facility between Kent and Tacoma.

An online open house is available Aug. 31-Sept. 21 at https://tdlink.participate.online/. In-person open houses are taking place in September at the following locations:

Fife

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Fife High School, 5616 20th St. E.

Tacoma

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel, 2611 E. E St.

Based on feedback from spring open houses, Sound Transit staff developed and evaluated alternatives for the regional light rail route and station locations. Additional public input this month will inform the project’s Elected Leadership Group in making recommendations for narrowing the route and station location alternatives that move forward for continued study.

Through mid-2019, staff will engage the public and stakeholder groups in an intensive public involvement process that is expected to lead to the Sound Transit Board identifying a preferred alternative, as well as other alternatives, to evaluate in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). More information on the public involvement process is available at www.soundtransit.org/tdlink

Identifying a preferred alternative earlier in the EIS process will jump-start public conversations about project decisions, reveal areas of broad agreement, and help focus project leadership on areas needing problem-solving and consensus building. This streamlined process is also intended to reduce overall project delivery time by reaching early public consensus on the preferred alternative and reducing the risk of new alternatives being introduced late in the environmental review process or after the environmental process is complete. The Sound Transit Board will make a final decision on the project to build after completion of the environmental review.

The regional light rail extension from Federal Way to the Tacoma Dome is 9.7-miles of elevated and at-grade light rail from the Federal Way Transit Center to the Tacoma Dome with a new rail-only fixed span across the Puyallup River. It includes four new stations in South Federal Way, Fife, East Tacoma and at the Tacoma Dome. This project will also consider locations for a new operation and maintenance facility between Kent and Tacoma.

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