Andrew Becherer weighs in on this Tacoma Urbanist post about how Tacoma neighborhoods are demanding streetcars as part of ST2. The Tacoma neighborhoods are demanding that any Sound Transit proposal in the future must contain funding for a streetcar system in Tacoma connecting its neighborhood mixed use centers”.
Strong language. We’ve been following the Tacoma Streetcar issue for a while now, and I personally love the idea. My question is this: is that streetcar part of a regional transit network? If it is, then it could be part of a Sound Transit package. The Tacoma Link car in place certainly does, as it connects Sounder, Sound Transit express bus, and Pierce Transit buses to downtown Tacoma. The First Hill Streetcar would provide a similar service for the employment centers on First Hill and Capitol Hill (the third largest in the State after Downtown Seattle and downtown Bellevue). Would a major network in Tacoma do that, or would it simply connect the neighborhoods in downtown? That’s the question that would need to be answered before it could be considered by Sound Transit.