City of Tacoma officials announced Friday an agreement has been reached with BNSF Railway that will help complete the Prairie Line Trail in downtown Tacoma.
According to City of Tacoma officials, the agreement authorizes BNSF Railway to donate a 20-foot-wide strip of property between South 15th Street and South 26th Street; 80-foot-wide sections of property between South 23rd Street and South 25th Street; and 80-foot-wide sections of property at street intersections. The agreement also authorizes the City of Tacoma to permanently close the A Street, East 22nd Street, and Dock Street crossings, expand the existing South 15th Street pedestrian bridge, and build a second pedestrian overpass in the future.
“This is great news for the city of Tacoma,” said Tacoma City Councilmember Robert Thoms. “Now that we have it, we’re a huge step closer to bringing the Prairie Line Trail to our community. This trail will honor Tacoma’s history, support economic development, and provide incredible public spaces to connect people to some of downtown’s most compelling places.”
The University of Washington Tacoma will open the trail segment running through campus in a few weeks. The City of Tacoma will construct the Pacific Avenue to Foss Waterway segment by summer 2015. City staff will pursue funding to allow future construction of the last third of the envisioned trail, which will run through the Brewery District and connect to the future Water Ditch Trail.
To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of the Prairie Line Trail, click on the following links:
- Prairie Line Trail design open house July 17 (Tacoma Daily Index, July 9, 2014)
- City Hall News: Foss Waterway children’s park, strategic plan update, and Tacoma Dome Wi-Fi(Tacoma Daily Index, May 9, 2014)
- Tacoma, BNSF reach agreements on Prairie Line Trail, North Access Road projects (Tacoma Daily Index, April 28, 2014)
- Tacoma City Council to discuss TPU finances, Prairie Line Trail (Tacoma Daily Index, May 31, 2013)
- Tacoma to host Prairie Line Trail design open house (Tacoma Daily Index, March 6, 2013)
- Tacoma City Council to discuss utility rates, BNSF property agreements (Tacoma Daily Index, January 25, 2013)
- Tacoma City Council to discuss Tacoma Link expansion, UWT Prairie Line Trail (Tacoma Daily Index, January 18, 2013)
- Walk Tacoma’s artistic, historic Prairie Line Trail (Tacoma Daily Index, November 4, 2011)
- $465K boost for historic Prairie Line Trail (Tacoma Daily Index, April 1, 2011)
- Tacoma seeks artists for Prairie Line Trail (Tacoma Daily Index, February 1, 2011)
- City of Tacoma seeks artists to design bike racks for Prairie Line Trail (Tacoma Daily Index, January 12, 2011)
- Prairie Line Trail design workshop Aug. 9 (Tacoma Daily Index, August 5, 2010)
- City, railroad deal could open downtown Prairie Line trail (Tacoma Daily Index, June 19, 2008)