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Nov. 6, 2009 at 6:41am

Transportation in Tacoma for the 21st Century

Brown Bag Lunch & Interactive Discussion with Tacoma's Transportation Policy-makers

from my inbox:

Community Stewards
Building the Network to Advance The Cascade Agenda
Dear Community Stewards:
Please join us for a discussion of the future of our transportation system, co-hosted by CLC, the city, and our other partners. Bring your friends!

Time: November 13, 2009 from 12pm to 1pm
Location: Simpson Room, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber
Organized By: Andrew Austin, Transportation Choices Coalition

Event Description:
“Transportation in Tacoma for the 21st Century”
Brown Bag Lunch & Interactive Discussion with Tacoma’s Transportation Policy-makers

Tacoma and the South Sound face many tough decisions as we plan for the future of our transportation system. How do we extend the Tacoma Streetcar system? How do we reshape Pierce Transit’s bus system? How do parking policies affect the city’s goal to activate the streets with people?

Please join Transportation Choices Coalition, The City of Tacoma, The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and others. for an engaging conversation with Tacoma’s transportation policy-makers.

Lynn Griffith, Pierce Transit CEO
Eric Anderson, City Manager of Tacoma
David Hiller, Advocacy Director of the Cascade Bicycle Club
Ric Ilgenfritz, Planning Director Sound Transit

Hosted by: Transportation Choices Coalition, The City of Tacoma, The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, Cascade Bicycle Club, Cascade Land Conservancy, Tacoma Wheelman, The Cross District Association, The Cascade Land Conservancy, Futurewise, and more!

See more details and RSVP on Community Stewards:
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It would be great to have a big turnout.  Hope to see you there!



comments [11]  |  posted under parking, streetcars, transportation


by tacoma1 on 11/6/2009 @ 7:47am
I'm gonna be 40 miles away, unfortunately. I do hope that we have a good turnout though. This is the perfect time to put the ball rolling in the right direction for Tacoma. Hopefully there will be more of these in the future.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/6/2009 @ 11:33am
12 to 1? You know, some of us have to work that day.

No really, why does this stuff always happen on days I'm working?

by Ann on 11/6/2009 @ 12:17pm
TO'T I understand your frustration, and I used to have the same problem. Fortunately I now have free time during the day to attend these meetings so I'd like to make this offer: If you're unable to attend the meeting, but have concerns, questions or opinions about reshaping the bus system, streetcars, and parking policies leave them here,and I'll present them at the meeting.

by tacoma1 on 11/6/2009 @ 1:06pm
If possible, I have a two part question for you or anyone that has a chance to go.

I am very interested to know if there is any party that has come forward to provide matching funds for the extension of T-Link, and if there has been any progress in route selection?

Thanks in advance.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/6/2009 @ 1:35pm
What I want to know is what happened to all that $$$ that Gregoire, Patty Murry, and Norm Dicks promised to get to fund the bLink to connect to the rest of the line up @ Sea Tac...

It's as though the day after the ST initiative passed, they all forgot.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/6/2009 @ 1:50pm
TO'T, we all know they don't want to make it easy for Tacoma people to get up to Seattle. If there is money floating around that is not accounted for it will go to extend the line in Seattle. Heck, I'm not even sure they like the idea of Federal Way people to getting up to Seattle. I think that is it, we'll probably get an extension to Federal Way and no further.

by tacoma1 on 11/6/2009 @ 3:36pm
So we can hold our elected officials accountable........when did Gregoire, Patty Murray, or Norm Dicks promise us funding to extend T-Link?

All I know about is the $80M that is part of ST2, and that requires a partner with matching funds.

by thriceallamerican on 11/6/2009 @ 3:57pm
tacoma1, there's also the ST2 money to fund expansion of Central Link, but for us that really only amounts to purchase of right-of-way and other prep for construction that would have to be separately funded.

by tacoma1 on 11/6/2009 @ 4:31pm
Yeah, I knew that but it slipped my mind. I think thats all that we've been promised. But if T'OT knows something more, I'll take funds from the state or feds if they said they'll give em to us. Just let me know the details and I'd be happy to hound them like a bill collector.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/6/2009 @ 11:26pm
I don't have the links I need. A lot of sites (such as the Seattle transit blog) either get 404's or database errors. I tried a google search, and all I find are broken links.

The site I used to have that detailed ND promising to help expand the bLink from the $700 billion stimulus bill used to be here but is gone now. The $$$ would supposedly be added to the $80 million as a part of the matching funds.

Anyone else remember this? I can't be the only one.

by Ann on 11/13/2009 @ 8:36pm
The meeting today was very well attended. Tacoma 1 and TO'T I didn't ask your specific questions because I felt they were answered in the general discussion (or at least I hope they were):

Morgan asked about progress on streetcars. Eric Anderson announced that they received a grant, and Stadium Way will be redone next, which he then said means in the next two to three years. He said to do so without a streetcar would be counterproductive. There are no matching funds for extending streetcars on Portland, and so that will have to wait. They're hoping to re-do MLK between Division and 19th and address streetcars in that area also. When Morgan pressed about 6th Avenue Anderson replied that he didn't believe it would be beneficial to add streetcars to 6th Avenue since it was a major bus line.

As far as lightrail connection between Tacoma and Federal Way doesn't look like it will happen anytime soon. Ric Ilgenfritz from Sound Transit said the extension from Sea Tac to Federal Way will hopefully be completed by (I believe he said) 2023. It may have 2020. Anyway, they are doing environmental studies on extending the line from Tacoma to Federal Way, but no plans to start construction in the near future.

I would have to close by saying I really suck at taking notes so hopefully I didn't screw this info up too much. Morgan was there, so hopefully he will post a more intelligent response.