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Mar. 22, 2013 at 9:07am

My Note to SoundTransit re: Link Expansion

I highly encourage anyone who cares to fill out Sound Transit's Link light rail expansion survey. That being said, I'm completely behind the Stadium/6th Ave. route. Here's my comments to ST in support of that:

A route down 6th Ave is the best choice at this time for a successful Link. Connecting the active areas of 6th Ave, Stadium and downtown will guarantee ridership success. Even if a fee for riding is charged it will be utilized far more than buses along the same route. Plus, extensions from there to other Tacoma neighborhoods (e.g. Hilltop/Hospitals, Proctor, Westgate) will be more easily possible.

While I appreciate the idea of a cheaper connection to the eastside may be good for a lower income community it's not good for retaining and promoting neighborhoods like Stadium and 6th Ave that already have the highest density populations of the City plus a likelihood of becoming more so with mixed-use rules in place.

Please don't just go with the cheapest option but instead the 6th Ave option. The original Link is a huge success and Tacoma's eager for more. Don't cheap out on us just because we're not Seattle. We appreciate and demand the best.

I also noted that, once a route is chosen, SoundTransit should immediately get with potentially construction-effected businesses to help them prep for any hardships. They should help guide businesses towards loans or rainy day/construction funds to help ease any short-term pain caused by construction for a better future for their Tacoma neighborhood.

So where do you think the new Link expansion should go?

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Comments

by cisserosmiley on 3/22/2013 @ 10:47am
I agree wholeheartedly.  We have to absorb, as a community, that servicing 6th ave is the only thing that keeps its culture lively & fresh. I will remind everyone that in the 70's & 80's the south end of Pacific Ave was jumping with drinking hotspots & restaurants. It's restored now, but the lesson is to not abandon an area when it's strong. KEEP 6th ave strong, never let it become like south Pacific Ave. was.

by KevinFreitas on 3/22/2013 @ 11:21am
That's a great point @cissero Adding infrastructure like a light rail line to Stadium and 6th Ave is a great foundation for the next phases of those areas. We can branch out from there but, if we're to pay for future expansion via taxes/bonds, my guess is those are the best areas for future, vibrant population growth.

by Jesse on 3/22/2013 @ 11:40am
If you do MLK first, you can branch off to 6th ave later and avoid division street completely... Between MLK and Sprague anyways.. Note the only possibly buildind lot between Stadium District and Sprague street and 6th on Division is Frisco Freeze... Byeb bye Frisco Freeze?

by Erik on 3/24/2013 @ 3:01pm
Just in from transit advocate Chris Karnes:

Join us for an evening to rally for the expansion Tacoma Link light rail.  We will have information about next steps, information about each of the alternative corridors, and an opportunity to sign a letter of support.

After more than 7 years of study, it is time to move forward with an extension of Tacoma Link.  The Amocat Cafe will be serving beer this evening.  Program/speakers to follow at 6:00pm


When: April 5, 2013 5:00 p.m.

Where: Amocat Cafe located at 625 St. Helens in downtown Tacoma


Link to event on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/events/135688569947437/...

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