The Washington State Department of Transportation will share concepts for a new Amtrak station at Freighthouse Square during a Feb. 19 workshop in Tacoma.
“This workshop will be interactive, providing the opportunity for the public to see several ideas and provide feedback,” said David Smelser, WSDOT’s Cascades rail program manager. “Station locations throughout the Freighthouse Square building were considered. We will show pros and cons from the evaluation criteria for each of the location options.”
Architects, hired by the city of Tacoma and WSDOT, produced concepts based on comments received during two January station conversations as well as through email, letters, and web postings. The workshop will be at the east end of Freighthouse Square in the Rainier Room, 453 East 25th Street, on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. For people who are unable to attend the meeting, materials and information about how to comment will be available online.
This is the third public meeting for the Freighthouse Square station involving the Tacoma Dome District, Tacoma Historical Society, Freighthouse Square ownership, rail enthusiasts, public officials and the community. The feedback from this meeting will be considered as WSDOT moves forward with a recommended design for approval by the Federal Railroad Administration.
The station relocation is part of the Point Defiance Bypass project, which will reroute passenger trains to an existing rail line along the west side of Interstate 5 through south Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont. The project is one of several Washington state is delivering as part of nearly $800 million in federally funded rail corridor improvements.