East Tacoma

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About East Tacoma

Click on the pink tabs above to view more details about the initial routes and stations under consideration. Public feedback will be shared with the project Elected Leadership Group, who will make recommendations to the Sound Transit Board for options that will continue through the alternatives development process.

  • Sound Transit looked at six alignment families and nine individual station alternatives based on spring 2018 public input.

The project team’s initial analysis shows which stations and alignments have more potential or more challenges in the table below. Stations and alignments are being compared to each other in this station area, not to all stations and alignments along the corridor.

Alternatives Reasons
Alternatives with more potential 

ET 1: I-5 to Puyallup Ave Route

  • Most direct route along Puyallup Ave to connect with station TD 1 (Visit the Tacoma Dome tab to view this station)
  • Route to station would have lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River

ET 2

  • Most direct route along 25th St to connect with stations TD 2 or TD3 (Visit the Tacoma Dome tab to view this station)
  • Lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River

ET 3

ET 6

  • Lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River
  • Station located near activity center south of I-5
  • Avoids property impacts to nearby businesses

ET 4 [3 alternative routes]

  • Station located near activity center south of I-5
  • Lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River

ET 5

  • Lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River
  • Station located near activity center south of I-5
  • Higher potential to avoid property impacts to nearby businesses
Alternatives with greater challenges 

ET 1: SR 99 to Puyallup Ave Route

  • Route to station over Puyallup River crosses sensitive tribal cultural area

ET 7

ET 8

  • Higher impacts to nearby properties
  • Most impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River
  • Requires building a complex structure over I-5

About East Tacoma

Click on the pink tabs above to view more details about the initial routes and stations under consideration. Public feedback will be shared with the project Elected Leadership Group, who will make recommendations to the Sound Transit Board for options that will continue through the alternatives development process.

  • Sound Transit looked at six alignment families and nine individual station alternatives based on spring 2018 public input.

The project team’s initial analysis shows which stations and alignments have more potential or more challenges in the table below. Stations and alignments are being compared to each other in this station area, not to all stations and alignments along the corridor.

Alternatives Reasons
Alternatives with more potential 

ET 1: I-5 to Puyallup Ave Route

  • Most direct route along Puyallup Ave to connect with station TD 1 (Visit the Tacoma Dome tab to view this station)
  • Route to station would have lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River

ET 2

  • Most direct route along 25th St to connect with stations TD 2 or TD3 (Visit the Tacoma Dome tab to view this station)
  • Lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River

ET 3

ET 6

  • Lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River
  • Station located near activity center south of I-5
  • Avoids property impacts to nearby businesses

ET 4 [3 alternative routes]

  • Station located near activity center south of I-5
  • Lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River

ET 5

  • Lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River
  • Station located near activity center south of I-5
  • Higher potential to avoid property impacts to nearby businesses
Alternatives with greater challenges 

ET 1: SR 99 to Puyallup Ave Route

  • Route to station over Puyallup River crosses sensitive tribal cultural area

ET 7

ET 8

  • Higher impacts to nearby properties
  • Most impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River
  • Requires building a complex structure over I-5

Puyallup Ave

The technical team’s analysis shows:

ET 1: I-5 to Puyallup Ave Route

  • Most direct route along Puyallup Ave to connect with station TD 1
  • Route to station would have lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River

ET 1: SR 99 to Puyallup Ave Route

  • Route to station over Puyallup River crosses sensitive tribal cultural area

25th Street

The technical team’s analysis shows:

ET 2

  • Most direct route along 25th St to connect with stations TD 2 or TD3
  • Lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River

26th Street/Representative

The technical team’s analysis shows:

ET 3 and ET 6

  • Lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River
  • Station located near activity center south of I-5
  • Avoids property impacts to nearby businesses

ET 4 [3 alternative routes]

  • Station located near activity center south of I-5
  • Lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River

27th Street

The technical team’s analysis shows:

ET 5

  • Lower impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River
  • Station located near activity center south of I-5
  • Higher potential to avoid property impacts to nearby businesses

I-5 South

The technical team’s analysis shows:

ET 7 and ET 8

  • Higher impacts to nearby properties
  • Most impacts for building a new bridge over Puyallup River
  • Requires building a complex structure over I-5

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