Federal grant to expand Tacoma light rail line

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TACOMA, Wash. — A $75 million federal grant will allow the city of Tacoma to more than double the size of its modest but popular light rail system.

Currently just 1.6 miles, the system will add 2.4 miles to reach its Stadium and Hilltop districts, and serve the “Medical Mile” of hospitals and medical facilities, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The Federal Transit Administration is providing the funding.

The Tacoma Link expansion will add 10 stations to the current six, and allow for 10-minute headways during peak hours, with 20-minute off-peak headways. Currently, trains operate at 12-minute intervals during peak hours and 24-minute off-peak intervals. The system is operated by Sound Transit and the city of Tacoma, and connects with Sounder commuter trains at its Tacoma Dome station.

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