Council Member Kristina Walker -- Transportation Updates

CM Walker

Hello Tacoma! 

As many of you know, transportation safety is very important to me, and I hear from you daily that it’s important to you too. Since I started serving on our City Council in 2020 and passed our first Vision Zero resolution, I've been leading efforts in the city to make sure we have safe and multimodal transportation options for everyone. This month, I’m featuring transit in my newsletter, as we have so many exciting improvements coming at the local and regional level. That's me in the photo with Nathan Groh, Pierce Transit Zero Emissions Fleet Coordinator, and Pierce Transit Operator Luther Green. 

As the Pierce Transit Board Chair, I’m excited to share that, starting in April, there are a lot of improvements coming to how we get around our city. Pierce Transit has adjusted bus routes and how customers ride them based on robust community input, including requests for more frequent bus service through Stream and new, efficient options like the Runner.

CM Walker

I am also continuing to work hard to ensure that local transportation options connect regionally. As a member of the Sound Transit Board of Directors, I’ve had the opportunity to celebrate the grand opening of the Hilltop Tacoma Link in September 2023, as well as to dig in on long-range planning for the Tacoma Dome Link Extension and Sounder South. You can see me and fellow Sound Transit Board Member/Fife Mayor Kim Roscoe and Sound Transit's interim CEO Goran Sparrman enjoying the Tacoma Link in the photo.

This year, Tacoma is updating our Comprehensive Plan, including the Transportation Master Plan. This is our opportunity to make sure we plan for transit and a safe transportation system. Stay tuned for opportunities to make your voice heard in these plans during the next several months.

Planning for the future of transit is vital to the success of our city. I hope you won't hesitate to reach out to me to share your perspective on transit. I want to make sure you have everything you need to get out and enjoy living, working, and playing in Tacoma!