WSDOT, Tacoma Officials Celebrate Station Construction
TACOMA, WA City, state and railroad officials celebrate the start of construction of the new Amtrak Cascades station in Tacoma, Washington's, Freighthouse Square with a construction kickoff ceremony.
The 100,000-square-foot station will be a new structure that replaces an existing portion of the historic Freighthouse Square building. It is adjacent to Sound Transit's Sounder station in the building and across the street from the Pierce Transit Tacoma Dome Station.
The ceremony celebrates the station's construction and a new era in train travel. The station was designed to align with ongoing transit-oriented development within Tacoma's Dome District, aimed at further developing the area as a vibrant transit hub that includes retail and residential spaces. The ceremony included speakers from Tacoma and the Washington State Department of Transportation, as well as congressional and community representatives.
"This is an important milestone for Washington's high speed rail program and the city of Tacoma," said Ron Pate, Director of WSDOT's Rail, Freight, and Ports Division. "This station helps improve passenger train travel throughout the Amtrak Cascades corridor and we're pleased to celebrate with community and state officials."
The station was designed in consultation with an active citizen advisory committee and city officials. It features large glass windows for a bright, welcoming lobby, wooden columns, terrazzo flooring and sliding and vertical lift doors to create an indoor/outdoor public space. When it opens in fall 2017, the station will serve six daily roundtrip Amtrak Cascades trains and Amtrak's Coast Starlight long-distance service.