Amtrak station construction to begin this spring

January 17, 2016

By John Gillie, The News Tribune

With the politically arduous site selection and design process finally behind it, the Washington Department of Transportation says it will begin construction of Tacoma’s new Amtrak station at Freighthouse Square this spring.Website Insert 5000 New Seats copy

The new station is necessary because Amtrak passenger trains will start using a new route through Tacoma in 2017. The existing Amtrak station on Puyallup Avenue is on the waterfront route Amtrak trains now use. The new station will be on a line that cuts through South Tacoma to rejoin the BNSF Railway main line near Nisqually.

 The South Tacoma route will help cut eight minutes from the Seattle-to-Portland timetable and will relieve congestion on the waterfront line constricted by the single-track Nelson Bennett Tunnel under Point Defiance.

WSDOT spokeswoman Janet Matkin said architects are finishing final plans for the station. The department is scheduled to advertise for bids for demolition and construction in February, with construction to start in mid-spring.

 The department spent nearly two years working with the Tacoma community to determine where the new station would located and how it would look.

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