Sound Transit 2016 budget includes funding for Tacoma Trestle, Link light rail expansion

Sound Transit officials announced Thursday the transportation agency’s Board of Directors approved a $1.2 billion 2016 budget that provides $802.9 million in light rail and other system expansions.

In Tacoma and Pierce County, project funding highlights from the 2016 budget include $44 million to complete final design and begin constructing the Tacoma Trestle; $9 million to purchase new coaches for expanded Sounder service to Lakewood; $7 million for the Tacoma Link light rail expansion project; and $11 million to complete final design and start construction of an expanded Sounder layover facility in Lakewood that will accommodate added south line service by 2017. More information about the 2016 budget resolution approved by Sound Transit’s Board of Directors is available online here.

In addition, Sound Transit’s Board of Directors will shape a package for a Sound Transit 3 ballot measure for voter consideration next November. A draft package is scheduled to be released for public review early next year. More information about Sound Transit 3 is available online at

“Our region’s commuters will see historic progress in 2016,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine. “We will open light rail extensions to Capitol Hill, the UW and Angle Lake and successfully complete our tunneling between Northgate and UW. In November, the Sound Transit 3 ballot measure will allow the region to vote on further light rail extensions to places like Everett, Tacoma, downtown Redmond, Ballard and West Seattle.”

To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of the Tacoma Trestle Track & Signal Project, click on the following links:

To read the Tacoma Daily Indexs complete and comprehensive coverage of Tacoma Link light rail expansion plans, click on the following links: