APTA Streetcar and
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Heritage Trolley Site
Hosted by the Seashore Trolley Museum
Tacoma, WA

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Tacoma, WA

On August 22, 2003 Tacoma opened its new downtown streetcar circulator called Tacoma link. It is similar to the downtown streetcar line in Portland, which was the first new generation streetcar line equipped with modern streetcars in the country. Tacoma's line connects the commuter rail station and Tacoma Dome with downtown, using modern Czech-built Skoda streetcars, as used in Portland. The line cost $81 million and is 1.6 miles long with 3 cars and an operating and maintenance facility. Initial ridership has exceeded expectations averaging 2,400 riders/day by late 2003. The pre-opening forecast had been for 2,000 riders daily by 2006. Planning is underway for extensions to the system using either modern or heritage equipment..

The following photos were taken during the APTA Heritage Trolley and Streetcar Task Force visit to Tacoma in November, 2003:

The Tacoma Dome stop at the southern end of the line is adjacent to the commuter rail station and parking garages.

In central Tacoma, the line operates on a slightly raised reservation separated from traffic.

Theater spotlights above the station shelter confirm that this is the Theater District stop at the northern terminus.

The line is only single track for the first several blocks after leaving the southern terminus.

The maintenance facility, which houses the initial fleet of three cars, is several blocks beyond the southern terminus.

Inside the O&M facility, a second floor platform allows easy access to roof mounted equipment.

The low floor center section of the car is separated from the high floor end sections by two steps.


The following news notes give an overview of the evolution of this project, its operating experience, and plans for expansion:

The following links are to websites describing the Tacoma Link streetcar and plans for heritage streetcars in the city:


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