Tacoma — Another Streetcar
Rail Transit Online, May 2006
City officials are
getting behind a proposal for a historic streetcar network that could link
Tacoma’s business and residential districts. The heritage cars — either
originals or replicas — would connect with the modern Tacoma Link streetcar
line, a 1.6-mi. (2.6 km) route connecting the Dome to the Theater District.
The city council’s environment and public works committee on Apr. 12
approved a resolution asking city staff to study the trolley’s feasibility.
The full City Council is expected to consider the resolution shortly. A key
provision would require staff to coordinate its efforts with Pierce Transit,
Sound Transit, neighborhood councils and the business community. A
representative of Pierce Transit who spoke at the committee meeting said his
agency is “very enthusiastic” about the proposal, which was developed by
Tacoma Streetcar, a volunteer grassroots organization. The group has
developed a three-phase construction plan. First to be built would be the
6.1-mi. (9.8 km) Blue Line, a loop serving the Sixth Avenue, Stadium, and
Proctor Districts. Next would come the 4.6-mi. (7.4 km) Yellow Line loop on
Tacoma and Hilltop avenues followed by the 4.7-mi. (7.6 km) Green Line
through the Lincoln District and the Tacoma Mall to South Tacoma Way. Still
to be determined are capital costs and funding sources.