Community forum kicks off planning for a new regional trail

By Samantha DeMars-Hanson

Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail Route Analysis to plan implementation for the future trail connection

One of our keys to building and maintaining a healthy multimodal transportation system is creating safe infrastructure for everyone regardless of how they choose to get around.

That’s why we’re excited that efforts to develop a regional bicycle and pedestrian trail between Tacoma and Puyallup received a big boost with a Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail Route Analysis to assess three options for connecting the two cities. This connection will bridge a major gap in the vision to create a broader Tahoma to Tacoma Regional Trail network.
Building and supporting infrastructure that works for all modes of travel is key to a healthy transportation system.

Want to learn more? Great! We’re co-hosting a public event from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 at the Pioneer Park Pavilion (330 S. Meridian in Puyallup).

The evening will begin with an informal open house at 5:30 p.m. and will also include a presentation from mayors Kim Roscoe of Fife and John Palmer of Puyallup as well as Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar at 6 p.m. and small group discussions at 6:30 p.m. The event will have transportation themed toys, books and activities to engage young participants. The event location is ADA accessible.

A Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) – comprised of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Pierce County, the cities of Fife, Puyallup, and Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, Sound Transit, Downtown On the Go, Port of Tacoma, ForeverGreen Trails, the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Community of Interest and us – met earlier this month to discuss the options and review data. It will meet twice more this year to evaluate options and make a recommendation. The route analysis – funded through a partnership between the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Pierce County, the cities of Fife, Puyallup and Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma and us – will conclude in early 2020 with an implementation and funding plan for making the proposed trail a reality.

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