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Take an early peek at Tacoma’s new light rail stations

Link’s expanding—and getting some new stops

A red light rail car stopped at a station SounderBruce/Flickr

At an open house last week, Sound Transit revealed updated designs for a series of new Tacoma Link Light Rail stations.

The expansion will extend the Tacoma link line by two and a half miles and add seven new stations between the Theater District and Hilltop.

The existing Theater District station will be moved to Commerce Street and South Seventh Street, then move north to the stadium District before looping back around and heading south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. The last new stop will be on MLK and South 18th Street.

The update also comes with an expanded maintenance facility and five new vehicles.

New renderings show what the stations could look like at both Seventh and Commerce and Third Avenue South and MLK.

Courtesy of Waterleaf Architecture

For the most part, the stations will have similar designs. General concept drawings show designs for both 60 and 100-foot-long platforms.

Courtesy of Waterleaf Architecture

The design is in the 60 percent complete phase—coming along, but not quite done.

Sound Transit is also playing with a couple of different canopy designs: one with straight lines, and another with more of a zig-zag pattern.

Courtesy of Waterleaf Architecture

In addition to the open house last week, they’re taking comments—including on future station names and substation design—via an online survey through April 30.