Sound Transit seeks feedback on Federal Way to Tacoma Dome extension

A Federal Way open house is set for April 23 at the Performing Arts and Event Center.

Sound Transit is seeking additional public feedback on route alternatives and station locations for extending regional light rail from Federal Way to Tacoma.

Public input during this public comment or “scoping” period will help the Sound Transit Board and the Federal Transit Administration determine which alternatives to study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

An online open house will be available through May 1 at https://tdlink.participate.online/. Comments may also be submitted via email at TDLEScoping@soundtransit.org or by mail at: Sound Transit, Elma Borbe, 401 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104. You can also leave a voicemail comment at 206-903-7118.

In-person open houses are taking place in April at the following locations:

Fife: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E.

Tacoma: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St.

Federal Way: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the Performing Arts and Event Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S.

Following the scoping period, which ends May 1, the Sound Transit Board will consider comments received and other information to identify a preferred alternative for routes and stations, as well as other alternatives, to evaluate in the EIS. The final EIS will respond to comments received on the draft EIS. The EIS process will document the Tacoma Dome Link Extension’s potential impacts on the natural and built environment and will take about three years to complete.

The regional light rail extension from Federal Way to the Tacoma Dome will be 9.7-miles of elevated and at-grade light rail from the Federal Way Transit Center to the Tacoma Dome with a new bridge crossing the Puyallup River. It includes four new stations located in south Federal Way, Fife, east Tacoma and the Tacoma Dome. The new regional light rail line is schedule to open in 2030. More information on the project and public involvement process is available at www.soundtransit.org/tdlink.

In addition to the Tacoma Dome Link Extension, Sound Transit is simultaneously working to extend regional light rail north, south and east, opening new stations every few years to form a 116-mile regional system by 2041. The agency is on track to open extensions to Seattle’s University District, Roosevelt and Northgate neighborhoods in 2021, followed by service to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond’s Overlake area in 2023.

Additional extensions to Kent/Des Moines, Federal Way, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and Downtown Redmond are planned to open in 2024. Further regional light rail extensions are scheduled to reach West Seattle in 2030; Seattle Center, South Lake Union and Ballard in 2035; Paine Field and Everett in 2036; and South Kirkland and Issaquah in 2041.

More in News

Couple gets violent while driving home from funeral | Federal Way Police Blotter

The following is a sample of the Federal Way police log

The fatal incident occurred at Potrero County Park in San Diego, California. Courtesy of Google Maps
Federal Way man dies after being pinned under car at San Diego campground

James Colie, 71, died at the scene in Potrero County Park.

AR-15 rifle seized by Seattle police. File photo
King County examines gun violence trends

Nearly 77 percent of shooting victims this so far year in county have been people of color.

In this file photo, marchers make their way from Trinity Episcopal Church in Everett on Feb. 26, 2017. Muslim refugees’ admissions into the U.S. have declined by 85 percent since the Trump administration came into power in 2017, according to the International Rescue Committee. Sound Publishing file photo
Report: Fewer refugees settling in U.S. and Washington state

Admissions are on pace to only reach around one-fifth of their limit in 2019.

Federal Way woman dies in I-5 crash early Sunday morning

The woman has been identified as 29-year-old April Toor.

State patrol seeks witnesses in hit and run collision that injured Federal Way woman

Semi-truck caused the collision but failed to stop, according to Washington State Patrol.

Federal Way Farmers Market bustles | Photos

Even gray clouds couldn’t put a damper on the farmers market crowd.

Federal Way Mirror Scholar of the Month for June: Julia Stefanyuk

From planning assemblies to organizing library books, Lakeland fifth-grader always ready to offer a helping hand.

Grieving mothers unite at healing circle

“Federal Way is too small for our kids to be losing their lives,” said Alexis Broussard, whose teen son was shot and killed in 2018.

Most Read