The US Federal Transit Administration awarded a USD 75 million grant for the upcoming work to break ground on the 3.8-km Hilltop Tacoma Link light rail extension. The construction is scheduled to get underway this fall, with service beginning in 2022.
“Expanding Tacoma Link to the Hilltop will provide our current residents and commuters from other areas with more ways to get to and from downtown and fuel our continuing economic growth. We owe our ability to break ground this year,” Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards said.
The 3.8-km Hilltop Tacoma link extension will continue Link north along Commerce Street and run along Stadium Way to the Hilltop District, with six new stations. The project will provide additional access to Tacoma’s downtown corridor, with several new housing, retail and commercial developments already planned along the new route.
Funding for the USD 217 million project also includes Sound Transit 2 funds, funding from the City of Tacoma (Washington state) and other federal and state grants. A future voter-approved extension of Tacoma Link will extend the line out to Tacoma Community College in 2039.