Tacoma, Washington/Lakewood-to-Tacoma Commuter Rail

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Lakewood-to-Tacoma Commuter Rail

Tacoma, Washington

(November 2000)


The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) is proposing to implement peak-hour commuter rail service for an eight-mile segment linking Tacoma and Lakewood, Washington. The service will be part of the overall 82-mile Sounder commuter rail corridor serving 14 stations from Lakewood, through the downtowns of Tacoma and Seattle, and terminating in Everett, Washington. Sound Transit proposes to run eighteen trains per day (including reverse commute service) to the cities along the alignment, including Lakewood, South Tacoma, and Tacoma, connecting to stations in Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila, and Seattle. Two trains will run from Lakewood to Everett.

The total budget for this segment, including vehicle purchase, track and signal improvements, and station construction, is $86.0 million in escalated dollars. Sound Transit is proposing a Section 5309 New Starts share of $24.9 million. Because the proposed New Starts share is less than $25 million, the project is exempt from the New Starts criteria, and is thus not subject to FTA’s evaluation and rating (TEA-21 Section 5309(e)(8)(A)).

Lakewood-to-Tacoma Summary Description

Proposed Project Commuter Rail;
8 miles, 3 stations
Total Capital Cost ($YOE) $86.0 million
Section 5309 Share $24.9 million
Annual Operating Cost N/A
Ridership Forecast 2,800 average weekday boardings


Lakewood-to-Tacoma commuter rail service is scheduled to begin operations in 2001. The Final EIS was published in May 2000 and the Record of Decision was signed in June 2000. Sound Transit will be seeking Final Design authorization for this project in 2001.

TEA-21 Section 3030(a)(85) authorizes the “Sound Move Corridor” for final design and construction. To date, Congress has appropriated $59.53 million to the 82-mile Sounder commuter rail system.

Locally Proposed Financing Plan

(Reported in $YOE)

Proposed Source of Funds Total Funding
Appropriations to Date
Federal: Section 5309 New Start $24.9 $59.53 million appropriated to the 82-mile Sounder commuter rail system through FY 2001
Local: $61.1


Total: $86.0

Note: Funding proposal reflects assumptions made by project sponsors, and are not DOT or FTA assumptions. Totals may not add due to rounding.

Map of commuter rail service for an eight-mile segment linking Tacoma and Lakewood, Washington.