Tacoma City Council to discuss Tacoma Link expansion, UWT Prairie Line Trail

Tacoma City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday at City Hall for a presentation by Sound Transit representatives on the Tacoma Link light rail alternatives analysis that began in August and is expected to be completed in April. The analysis aims to identify a preferred alternative for expanding the Tacoma Link light rail system. During the meeting Tuesday, Sound Transit staff will review the alternatives being examined, share the community input collected to date, and provide information on opportunities for the public to continue to comment on the plan.

Additionally, councilmembers will hear from University of Washington Tacoma representatives on the design plans for a section of the Prairie Line Trail that runs through the downtown Tacoma campus. The university is completing its design and expects to begin construction of the trail and linear park by the middle of this year. During the meeting Tuesday, UW Tacoma Chancellor Debra Friedman and her design team will share images of the proposed “Prairie Line Trail — UWT Station,” the philosophy behind the design, and the timeline for construction.

Councilmembers will not take public comment during the study session, which will be held on Tues., Jan. 22 at 12 p.m. in Room 16 of Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St. Audio from the meeting will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma and online at tvtacoma.com. On-demand audio archives are available on the Web within 24 hours of the meeting online at tvtacoma.com.

Historic Prairie Line Trail design plan. (IMAGE VIA ATELIER DREISEITL + PLACE / UW TACOMA)