A LINK rail line is coming to Martin Luther King Jr. Way. To complement the project, the city is designing an improved streetscape environment including sidewalks and other elements. This activity puts students in the designers’ shoes to engage in real-world urban design. Submissions due Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

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Tacoma Link Rail Extension Map

Hilltop Engagement Committee (Link Rail) Meeting Notes/Docs:

HAC Links to Opportunities Docs:

​​Meeting Notes: 2017  January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October

                           2016  OctoberNovember - December


Documents: Project Scope & Budget - Table (3) - Table (4)

Tacoma Link Rail Expansion to Stadium & Hilltop Area


"The train is coming to the Hilltop and is going right down MLK"


This is one of the most important events in recent memory for the Hilltop community. This page contains information, contacts, resources, and links. 


Sound Transit

This project is by Sound Transit as part of the regional transportation efforts in the Puget Sound Region. It is a collaborative project with multiple agencies and funding sources involved at the local, state, regional, and federal level. Learn more about what Sound Transit has to say about the project on their website here.    


Some important documents:   Hilltop Platform Design - Extension Overview

     Typical 100 Ft Platform Plan - 100 Ft Aerial - 60 Ft Aerial - Platform Elevation


Hilltop Engagement Committee

The Hilltop Engagement Committee was established by Resolution No. 39527 and convened by the City of Tacoma.  It was created to provide an opportunity for residents, organizations and businesses to share their expertise and provide input, recommendations and feedback for the Federal Transit Administration funded, Transit Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program awarded to Sound Transit for the purpose of funding the City’s Tacoma Links to Opportunity Program.  


Tacoma Link Extension Receives Final Approval - Article in The Urbanist

"Sound Transit is estimating that ridership will grow from 3,000 daily riders today to 10,800 daily riders by 2035, a 360% increase. Four stations will crack 1,000+ daily boardings, with two of those along the extension: MLK Way/S 19th St (1,500 daily boardings) and MLK/Division Ave (1,300 daily boardings). Both of those stops will be in close proximity to major hospitals, which are typically high transit ridership generators."  Read more here.


HAC Links to Opportunity
HAC Links to Opportunity is a program dedicated to creating community engagement to gather input on the streetscape design for the Link Rail Expansion along MLK.  The goal of this program is to ensure that all residents and businesses in Hilltop have an opportunity to engage in this process.