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. ​

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.

For more information and a full list of events, visit www.cityoftacoma.org/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. The Committee met monthly from October 2016 through December 2018 at Bates Technical College. Hilltop Engagement Committee meeting notes are posted below. 

​​Grassroots Outreach Reports

Downtown on the Go, Sound Outreach – Hilltop Action Coalition, and Tacoma Housing Authority, engaged in grassroots outreach with the Hilltop community from July to October 2017. Downtown on the Go used pop-up placemaking, tactical urbanism, temporary traffic calming efforts, and speak up trainings to gather comments.  Sound Outreach – Hilltop Action Coalition (HAC) reached members of the community through the HAC neighborhood leader network, community meetings, and social media.  Tacoma Housing Authority connected with specific groups at focus meetings. Each organization's final report is available in the links below.


Downtown on the Go: Links to Opportunity Down Town On the Go Final Report

Sound Outreach – Hilltop Action Coalition: LTO Streetscape Outreach Project Concluding Report

Tacoma Housing Authority: Streetscape Report Fall 2017

City of Tacoma: Grassroots Outreach Summary Memo 

Tacoma Link Rail Extension Map

Video: Link is Expanding from Downtown to Tacoma Hilltop

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Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension Updates
Contruction updates are available at the soundtransit.org website. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to stop in for the next Hilltop Tacoma Link Drop-In Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 2019. You may also contact Liz Satterthwaite, Community Outreach Specialist, at (253) 208-0586; or, via email at liz.satterthwaite@soundtransit.org.



Loyal to the Local
Stay Loyal to the Local businesses along the Hilltop Tacoma Link route during construction and enter for a chance to win a guided tour of the new Hilltop Link light rail system. This includes a behind-the-scenes look at the Operations and Maintenance Facility.


So how do you play to win? Glad you asked! Visit any of the businesses listed on the Hilltop Link Extension map and snap a photo either inside, or outside the business. Be creative and have fun! Then post your picture on Instagram with the #ShopHilltopStadium hashtag. Each photo you post will count as an entry; enter as many times as you like. If you don’t have an Instagram account, e-mail your photo entry at Loyal2local@soundtransit.org.


Four lucky winners will be selected at random for a group tour this summer 2019. The contest ends May 31, 2019, and winners will be selected June 1, 2019. All winners must be at least 18 years old and able to navigate stairs and other obstacles on a construction site.


This tour is the first contest in the Loyal to the Local program. We’ll offer more contests and prizes during this project. Thank you for participating and supporting these businesses!






​​Meeting Notes: 2018  January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December

                           2017  January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December

                           2016  OctoberNovember - December


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