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Amtrak station conversations planned for Freighthouse Square

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 14:12

Gayla Reese Walsh, WSDOT communications, 360-688-4039
Dave Smelser, WSDOT Cascades HSR program manager, 360-705-6916

TACOMA – A new Amtrak station at Freighthouse Square is the focus of two upcoming community conversations. The Washington State Department of Transportation invites all those interested to be a part of the gatherings on Jan. 23 and 30.

“Fitting a modern rail station within the Dome District’s urban fabric is the ultimate goal,” said David Smelser, WSDOT’s Cascades Rail program manager. “We encourage community members to learn where we are in the process and to share their ideas on moving forward.”

Both meetings will have similar formats, beginning with a presentation on WSDOT’s design process, followed by input from attendees on the architectural elements of the Amtrak station. Citizens are encouraged to attend one or the other meeting:

Date/Time: 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, or noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan.30
Location: Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, Room 708

The station relocation is part of the Point Defiance Bypass, which will reroute passenger trains to an existing rail line along the west side of Interstate 5 through south Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont. Washington state is delivering nearly $800 million in federally funded rail corridor improvements, using high speed rail grants administered by the Federal Railroad Administration. The Point Defiance Bypass is one of those projects.

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