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Tacoma Link at the Tacoma Dome Station
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Tacoma Link at the Tacoma Dome Station

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Tacoma Link

Tacoma Link is a 1.6 mile light rail/trolley line located in Tacoma, Washington. The line serves the downtown area, and primarily functions to transport commuters between a combined parking garage/transit hub and the downtown core. Old Town neighborhood in Tacoma, with Mount Rainier in background Nickname: The City of Destiny Official website: http://www. ... Official language(s) None Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 18th 184,824 km² 385 km 580 km 6. ...


History

Tacoma, like many American cities, used to have an extensive trolley system. Like West Coast cities such as Portland, Seattle and San Francisco which have steep hills, Tacoma also had a cable car system. However, these systems were dismantled during the 1930s in favor of rubber-tired buses. Portland is the name of numerous cities in the English-speaking world, the largest of which are Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine in the United States. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


In the mid-1990’s the Puget Sound region was dealing with increasing traffic, driven mainly by the dot-com boom and Microsoft. Voters approved Sound Move, a tri-county transportation package that formed Sound Transit. One of the major projects for the Pierce County/Tacoma area was Tacoma Link. Puget Sound Puget Sound is an arm (sound) of the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. ... Dot-com (also dotcom or redundantly dot. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, SEHK: 4338) is an international computer technology corporation with 2005 global annual sales of close to $40 billion USD and about 64,000 employees in 85 countries and regions which develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices. ... Sound Transit has been the popular name of Washington states Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority since 1997. ...


Stations

The 1.6 mile line runs from the Tacoma Dome through downtown to the Theater District. This allows users to park, or transfer from buses or Sounder and ride Link into downtown destinations. Each station also features artwork that reflects the history of the surrounding area. The Tacoma Dome is an indoor arena located in Tacoma, Washington, USA. Completed in 1983, the arena seats 17,100 for basketball. ... The Sounder at King Street Station The Sounder Commuter Rail is a commuter rail service operated by Sound Transit. ...


Tacoma Dome Station

End of the line. Served by the 8,000 stall Tacoma Dome Station garage. Allows connections to Amtrak, Sound Transit and Pierce Transit buses, Sounder trains, plus Greyhound. The Tacoma Dome is only a couple blocks away. Freighthouse Square, an indoor shopping mall, is located across the street. Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida Amtrak’s high-speed Acela Express at Penn Station New York, NY Amtrak, is the brand name of the intercity passenger train system created on May 1, 1971 in the United States. ... Sound Transit has been the popular name of Washington states Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority since 1997. ... Pierce Transit, in full the Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation, is the public transit authority of Pierce County, Washington. ... The Sounder at King Street Station The Sounder Commuter Rail is a commuter rail service operated by Sound Transit. ... Greyhound Lines is the largest intercity common carrier of passengers by bus in North America, serving 2200 destinations in the United States. ... The Tacoma Dome is an indoor arena located in Tacoma, Washington, USA. Completed in 1983, the arena seats 17,100 for basketball. ...


Artwork at the station reflects the areas history with the railroads (Freighthouse Square, for example, was an actual freighthouse for the Milwaukee Road) and the large amount of lumber mills that existed in the area. Art consists of the following: The Milwaukee Road, officially the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. ...

  • A footbridge that looks like an old trestle
  • A dry riverbed with scattered industrial tools and parts around it
  • Sculptures that look like dust collectors from sawmills
  • Seats at the station that look like railroad spikes
  • A clock that displays time by magnetically picking up metal scraps on the hour

South 25th

Right before the line turns on to Pacific Avenue and heads downtown, we find the South 25th Station. This is a single track station on one side of the street. This stations primary purpose is to serve bus lines on Pacific, but it also targets an area ripe for redevelopment and is close to the Brown and Haley candy factory.


Artwork at this station consists mainly of large fishing lures on the roof of the station platform that move in the wind. This is to reflect the fishing lure manufacture that used to take place in the area.


Union Station

Arguably the main station of the line, this station serves many museums and other locations in the heart of downtown Tacoma. It is a double-track station in the median. The station serves University of Washington, Tacoma Branch, Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Union Station, a former train station that is now federal courts, local restaurants and businesses, and new condo and apartment developments. During major events on the Foss Waterway, such as the 2005 Tall Ships Festival this station serves as a major transfer point. The University of Washington, Tacoma (UW, Tacoma, or UWT) is one of the two newest campuses in the University of Washington system, located in Tacoma, south of the main campus in Seattle, Washington, USA. The other satellite campus is in Bothell; both opened in temporary facilities in 1990, and moved... Bridge of Glass and glass blowing building The Museum of Glass is a museum dedicated to glass art located in Tacoma, Washington. ... The Washington State History Museum is currently located in downtown Tacoma, Washington. ... Founded in 1935, Tacoma Art Museum was run by volunteers until the 1970s and has been located in several areas throughout the years. ... Thea Foss was the real-life person on which the famed Tugboat Annie series was based. ... The Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race is a long-distance race for sailing ships. ...


Artwork at the station reflects the areas Native American culture, and the manufacturing and shipbuilding that took place in the vicinity (including in many of the buildings used by UW Tacoma). Artwork includes:

  • The outline of a ship's frame and Native American fishing tools in the median by the station
  • Roof of the station platform is meant to look like the ribs of a ship
  • Photos and poems covering manufacturing and fishing in the area on the platform

Convention Center/South 15th

This station serves the new Tacoma Convention Center, Sheraton Hotel and major downtown employers such as Rainier Pacific Bank and Davita. The station platforms are split on either side of the street. DaVita Inc, NYSE: DVA, is a large for-profit renal dialysis provider in the United States. ...


Artwork at the station includes colored panels in the roof and towers of rocks, evoking a Buddhist temple that used to exist in the area.


South 9th/Theater District

Final station of the line (currently). This station serves the Theater District, Antique Row, City Hall, Pantages Theater, several clubs and businesses, and the Russell Investment Group. It is a single-tracked station on one side of the street. The Russell Investment Group is an investment services company based in Tacoma, Washington. ...


Artwork at the station reflects the Theater District:

  • Seats at the station resemble fold-up theater seats
  • Bronze plaques in the ground are reproductions of historical theatrical posters
  • Projectors project theatrical scenes on screens at night

Future

Shortly after the line was opened, the Puyallup Indians commissioned a study investigating the extension of the line to their planned new casino a short distance East of the current endpoint of the line. This project is still a possibility. The Puyallup are a Native American tribe from western Washington state, U.S.A. They settled onto reservation lands in what is today Tacoma, Washington, in late 1854, after signing the Treaty of Medicine Creek. ...


Sound Transit in their plans for future extensions has made several proposals for future extension of Tacoma Link[1]: Sound Transit has been the popular name of Washington states Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority since 1997. ...


North End Extension

This routing would head up either South 19th or 6th Avenue and end at the Tacoma Community College transit center. Service would be at ground level, either using the same Tacoma Link trolley cars or Central Link cars. This line could see a large amount of ridership, as the TCC station is a major transfer point. A run along 6th Avenue would serve this growing nightlife spot in Tacoma. // Education Established in 1965, Tacoma Community College (TCC) has won national recognition for its outstanding academic Information Technology Building on TCCs main campus programs. ...


Airport Extension

This would extend Tacoma Link along Highway 99 through Fife, Federal Way, and SeaTac to the South 200th Station of Central Link near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This would allow for travel from Downtown Tacoma (or possibly even North Tacoma, if the above extension is implemented) to downtown Seattle, and possibly to Northgate (if that extension is implemented). Washington State Route 99 is a highway in the state of Washington, U.S.A. It extends just over 50 miles from Fife in the south to Everett in the east. ... Fife is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Federal Way is a city located in King County, Washington, United States. ... SeaTac is a city and outlying suburb of Seattle, located in the southern section of King County in Washington State. ... Sound Transit logo The Central Link, a 14-mile light rail line running between Seattle and Tukwila, is currently under construction by Washington states Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, popularly known as Sound Transit. ... FAA diagram of Sea-Tac Airport Sea-Tac Airport from space with the SR 509 freeway to the west and the SR 518 freeway to the north Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (IATA: SEA, ICAO: KSEA), also known as Sea-Tac Airport, is located in SeaTac, Washington at the intersections of... Northgate is a neighborhood in north central Seattle, Washington, named for and surrounding Northgate Mall, the first covered mall in the United States. ...


Conversion to Central Link

This project would convert the current Tacoma Link line to use Seattle's Central Link trains. It looks like this will probably not be in the current Sound Transit 2 plan, but would probably have to happen for a Northern interconnect with Seattle/Central Link.


Other

There is always the possibilty of extending Tacoma Link out towards Puyallup, a growing community outside of Tacoma. The new Tacoma Narrows Bridge is being constructed with the capability of adding a second deck for future light rail/HCT [2]. This could allow for extending Tacoma Link out to Gig Harbor, another growing community. Puyallup (pronounced ) is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a mile-long (1600 meter) suspension bridge with a main span of 2800 foot (850 m) (the third-largest in the world when it was first built) that carries Washington State Route 16 across the Tacoma Narrows of Puget Sound from Tacoma to Gig Harbor... Gig Harbor is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ...


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