Explore the latest and share your feedback
Get caught up on the latest information about the Tacoma Dome Link Extension. Learn about updates on the route and station locations Sound Transit is studying in each project segment in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Explore our station design concept and access work and give us your input on future station access for pedestrians and cyclists.
TDLE is currently in the planning phase. The environmental review we began in 2019 is still ongoing, and we have developed some design refinements based on what we have learned so far. In November 2019, we shared an update on the route and station locations we are studying as well as some design concepts and visualizations (see the archived online open house ). These routes and stations are formally designated as “alternatives.” In most of the corridor, the Sound Transit Board identified one alternative as their top choice, known officially as the “preferred alternative” and other alternatives to study in the Draft EIS.
Now, we want to bring you up to speed on all the updates we have made since scoping in spring 2019 and our outreach in November 2019, based on community feedback, engineering feasibility, and collaboration with local tribes, agencies and jurisdictions. We shared this information in a presentation to the Sound Transit Board in May 2020, and we want to share it with you as well.
Station design concepts and access planning
Light rail is a major investment in a community’s mobility, and we want to ensure the investment maximizes functionality, accessibility and integration into each community light rail serves.
Over the past two years, Sound Transit has led a collaboration between planners, designers, engineers, local jurisdictions and community stakeholders to create preliminary station design concepts that support their surrounding communities’ unique current and future needs. Design concepts include the station layout and transit connection infrastructure like bus transfer areas, bicycle storage, parking (options for a garage or surface parking at some stations) and pick-up/drop-off spaces.
Planning for non-motorized connections and access to stations
As part of station area planning, we’re considering a variety of projects to create seamless connections between our new light rail stations and their surrounding neighborhoods. Whether you walk, bike or roll to your Link station, we will evaluate these non-motorized access projects with your convenience and safety in mind. Sound Transit’s funding resources to implement these projects is limited, so the evaluation process will help us prioritize projects for each station area.
We want your feedback!
The station-specific pages that follow offer a preview of the station design concepts we are evaluating in our Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Here are two ways we need your help in this early stage of design:
- Share your thoughts on the station design concepts. Your feedback will help us refine our plans as the design process advances beyond the Draft EIS.
- Share your thoughts on potential projects that will promote your access to and from the station, especially on foot and via bicycle. Your ideas will help us and our local partners refine and evaluate our plans.
Please tell us what you think by Nov. 2nd!
Environmental Review 101
We are currently analyzing the TDLE project through a detailed review called a Draft Environmental Impact Statement. To begin an EIS process, the Sound Transit Board identifies the routes and station locations we should study and formally names them “alternatives.” In most of the corridor, the Board identified one alternative as their top choice, known officially as the "preferred alternative," and other alternatives to study.
An EIS analyzes and documents all these alternatives and their potential impacts to the natural and built environment, and it identifies ways to mitigate unavoidable impacts. Through this process, we consider things like effects on historic and cultural resources, residential properties, businesses, communities, the local economy and other resources.