Construction will temporarily close Tacoma Link light rail

Work on Tacoma Link’s concrete guideway along Commerce Street in downtown Tacoma means train and bus riders will temporarily make their transit connections on Pacific Avenue.

According to Sound Transit, pavement between rails on Commerce Street between South 9th and South 13th street needs repair due to heavy use by bus and vehicular traffic.

When work begins on Aug. 8, free Tacoma Link buses will run on a route and schedule similar to the trains, and Pierce Transit, Intercity Transit and ST Express buses that normally use the Commerce Street transit center will be temporarily relocated to Pacific Avenue between South 9th and South 11th streets.

During construction, access to businesses and parking lots on Commerce Street will be maintained, but on-street parking along Pacific Avenue between South 9th and South 11th streets will be suspended to help the flow of heavy bus traffic in the temporary location. Construction is scheduled to last nine days from Aug. 8 to Aug. 16.

Riders can sign up to receive automatic e-mail service alerts for Tacoma Link, Sound Transit, and Pierce Transit services. Rider Alerts can help you plan you trip around construction, inform you about special service to events, and alert you to schedule changes for holidays. Visit http://www.soundtransit.org to learn more and to sign up for Sound Transit rider and e-mail alerts. Visit http://www.piercetransit.org to learn more and to sign up for Pierce Transit rider and e-mail alerts.

Tacoma Link buses will serve the following:

1. Northbound:

– Tacoma Dome Station

– Corner of E. 25th and ‘A’ streets (temporary stop)

– S. 19th Street & Pacific Avenue (temporary stop)

– Just north of S. 15th Street (temporary stop)

– Southwest Corner of Pacific Avenue and S. 9th Street (temporary stop)

2. Southbound:

– Southwest Corner of Pacific Avenue and S. 9th Street (temporary stop)

– Just south of S. 14th Street (temporary stop)

– S. 19th Street & Pacific Avenue (temporary stop)

– 25th Street Station

3. Tacoma Dome Station:

ST Express, Pierce Transit, and Intercity Transit buses located on Pacific Avenue starting Aug. 8:

– ST Express: 582, 586, 590 & 594

– Pierce Transit: 1, 2, 3, 11, 13, 16, 26, 41, 42, 45, 48, 53, 57, 60, 61, 102, 490, 500, 501, 603A & SHUTTLE

– Intercity Transit: 603