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Tacoma - January 2007
   

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Tacoma — Historic Streetcar

Rail Transit Online, January 2007

Public meetings are underway to determine the feasibility of building a historic streetcar system in Tacoma.  There is strong support from elected officials and the business community to at least investigate the idea and determine if people would ride the trolleys and whether they would help generate redevelopment.  “We’re going to try and look at this with broad brush strokes,” Steve Shanafelt, Tacoma Public Works engineering division manager, told the Tacoma Daily Index.  “It’s our job to give city council as many informed options as possible.”  The council last June unanimously approved a resolution instructing city staff to work with regional transit officials on the streetcar proposal.  An advisory committee, including both professionals and citizen members, was formed and is now chaired by Shanafelt.  Tacoma Streetcar, a volunteer group of enthusiasts and other rail transit supporters, has suggested a three-line network:

  • Blue Line, a 6.1-mi. (9.8 km) loop serving the Sixth Avenue, Stadium and Proctor districts 
  • Yellow Line, a 4.6-mi. (7.4 km) loop on Tacoma and Hilltop avenues
  • Green Line, a 4.7-mi. (7.6 km) line through the Lincoln District and the Tacoma Mall to South Tacoma Way. 

An eight-mile (12.9 km) fourth line to the Westgate area could be added later.  The advisory committee is expected to present its findings to the city council next spring. 

 

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