A Link light rail train leaving the Commerce Station in Tacoma on April 12. Sound Transit proposes spending $50 billion over the next 25 years to expand light rail, commuter train and express-bus services across the Puget Sound region. Voters would need to approve nearly $27 billion in new taxes this fall for the projects to move ahead. David Montesino dmontesino@thenewstribune.com
A Link light rail train leaving the Commerce Station in Tacoma on April 12. Sound Transit proposes spending $50 billion over the next 25 years to expand light rail, commuter train and express-bus services across the Puget Sound region. Voters would need to approve nearly $27 billion in new taxes this fall for the projects to move ahead. David Montesino dmontesino@thenewstribune.com

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Public can comment on Sound Transit 3 until April 29

April 16, 2016 8:09 AM

People have until April 29 to let Sound Transit know what they think about a $50 billion proposal to expand light rail and other transit options across the Puget Sound region over the next 25 years.

The regional transit agency has set up a website at soundtransit3.org that provides information about the proposal and a link to a survey that allows people to rate specific projects, including connecting Tacoma to Sea-Tac Airport by light rail.

The agency also is accepting comments via mail, email and phone about the proposal, which would necessitate increases in property, motor-vehicle excise and sales taxes.

Mailed comments should be sent to Sound Transit 3, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104. Email comments can be sent to soundtransit3@soundtransit.org.

People who’d like to leave a phone message should call 206-903-7000. People who would like to comment in a language other than English can call 1-800-823-9230.

Sound Transit has scheduled two public meetings for those who want to give their opinions in person. South Sound meetings are:

▪ Tacoma, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Evergreen State College-Tacoma, 1210 Sixth Ave.

▪  Federal Way, 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 28 at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave. S.

Comments about the proposal will be forwarded to the Sound Transit board as it finalizes a plan by June to submit to voters Nov. 8.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644, @TNTAdam

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