Sound Transit T Line

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Sound Transit T Line Banner.png
System Link Light Rail
Type Streetcar
Number of stations 12
Cities serviced Tacoma
Termini St. Joseph Station
Tacoma Dome
Operations
Opened August 22, 2003
Owner Sound Transit
(1999–present)
Operator Sound Transit
Daily Ridership 1,187 (2020)
Technical
Line length 1.6 mi (2.6 km)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
Electrification 750V DC Overhead
Operating speed 40 km/h (25 mph)
Line Diagram

The T Line is a Link Light Rail streetcar line in Tacoma, WA. It is the only Sound Transit service whose operations are not contracted to another agency, instead being directly operated and maintained by Sound Transit employees. The T Line was free to ride until the Hilltop Extension opened in 2023, and now has a $2 adult fare.

Route details

This line travels solely in Tacoma between Tacoma Dome Station and St. Joseph Station.

Stations

Stations are listed in order, traveling south to north.

Service Frequency

Sound Transit T Line Banner.png Frequency
Peak Hours 12 mins.
Midday 12 mins.
Evening 12 mins.
Late Night 24 mins.
Early Mornings 24 mins.
Saturday (All Day) 12 mins.
Sundays/Holidays 24 mins.

First and Last Trains

Southbound Service

Theater District to Tacoma Dome
Sound Transit T Line Banner.png First Train Last Train
Weekdays 5:12 a.m. 10:12 p.m.
Saturdays 8:00 a.m. 10:12 p.m.
Sundays/Holidays 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

Northbound Service

Tacoma Dome to Theater District
Sound Transit T Line Banner.png First Train Last Train
Weekdays 5:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays 7:48 a.m. 10:00 p.m.
Sundays/Holidays 9:48 a.m. 5:48 p.m.

Future Plans

Extension to St. Joseph
Extension to TCC

Tacoma Link currently has a planned extension to Tacoma Community College. The extension will open in two phases: the first phase, to St. Joseph Station in the Hilltop district, opened in 2023, while the extension along S 19th Street to Tacoma Community College is projected to open in 2041.


Future Stations

History

  • November 1996 - Funding approved for Tacoma Link line
  • February 2, 1998 - Shuttle bus service starts between Tacoma Dome Station and Downtown Tacoma
  • August 2000 - Construction on Tacoma Link begins
  • September 2002 - Rolling stock delivered
  • June 18, 2003 - Testing begins on new line
  • August 22, 2003 - Service starts on Tacoma Link, Washington State's first light rail line
  • 2008 - Hilltop extension approved by voters as part of Sound Transit 2
  • September 15, 2011 - Commerce Street Station opens as an infill station, frequencies reduced from every 10 minutes to every 12 minutes due to increased travel times
  • 2016 - TCC extension approved by voters as part of Sound Transit 3
  • November 2018 - Hilltop extension construction begins
  • September 21, 2019 - Tacoma Link renamed Orange Line.
  • October 2, 2021 - Orange Line renamed T Line
  • September 16, 2023 - Hilltop extension to St. Joseph opens. Original Theater District station is closed and Commerce Street Station is renamed to Theater District.

Vehicles

The rail cars are stored in a maintenance site near Tacoma Dome Station. The route uses Skoda 10 T numbered 1001-1003 and Brookville Liberty NXT numbered 2001-2005, which were purchased for the Hilltop extension.

Current Tacoma Link Fleet

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
1001-1003 Sound Transit 1003.jpg 2001 Skoda 10T2 750V DC
2001-2005 Sound Transit 2002-a.jpg 2022 Brookville Liberty NXT

References

v·d·e
Sound Transit Logo.gif
Fleet
ST Express 9092-9121 9122-9123 9124-9126 9201-9222 9301-9312 9553-9565 9566-9583 9584-9586 9587-9596 9624-9636 9637-9647 9648-9651 9652-9659 9660-9690 9713-9719 9720-9722 9723-9739 9800-9813 9814-9817 9818-9822 41501-41517 41601-41605 51401-51403 61401-61407 91501-91505 91701-91732 91901-91913
Retired ST Express 801-827 5019-5021,5194-5210 9000-9069 9070-9089 9090-9091 9200 9400-9419 9500-9524 9525-9536 9537-9552 9600-9621 9622-9623 9700-9712
Sounder 101-104 112-118 201-214 201-230 231-240 301-307 321-329 401-410 901-906 907-911 921-923
Tacoma Link 1001-1003 2001-2005
Central Link 101-135 136-162 201-352
Non-service fleet
Routes
Sound Transit Express Logo.png

510 512 513 522 532 535 541 542 544 545 550 554 555 556 560 566 567 574 577 578 580 586 590 592 594 595 596

Former:

505 506 508 511 530 531 540 546 564 565 570 582 585 591 593 599

Stride BRT Future:

S1 Line S2 Line S3 Line

Sound Transit Link Logo.png Central Link Tacoma Link

Line 1 (Sound Transit) icon-a.png1 Line Line T (Sound Transit) icon-a.pngT Line

Future:

Sound Transit Link 2 Line Logo-a.png2 Line (2024) 3 Line (2030) 4 Line (2041)

Sound Transit Sounder Logo.png Sound Transit N Line icon-a.pngN Line Sound Transit S line icon-a.pngS Line
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