One percent of Sound Transit’s capital construction dollars are set aside for public art. The Sound Transit Art Program (STart) features artworks by nationally renowned and emerging public artists. Many live in the Pacific Northwest.
Through a collaborative process, community stakeholders and design peers selected local artist Kenji Hamai Stoll in April 2017 to design artwork for all seven station stops.
Stoll creates immersive environments that bridge diverse perspectives. A Tacoma native, Stoll is a co-director of Fab5, a drop-in youth arts center in the Hilltop neighborhood. Stoll co-manages a design firm specializing in community-based public art, as well as the Breaker Gallery, which provides a platform for artists of color.
Operations and maintenance facility
Sound Transit will expand the Operations and Maintenance Facility on East 25th Street. The expansion of the facility will add approximately 10,000 square feet of new space to store five new light rail vehicles and provide maintenance to all light rail vehicles.
Links to opportunity project
The City of Tacoma’s Links to Opportunity Project actively engages the community in the following activities:
- Development and design of streetscape improvements along the Link extension route, including sidewalks, lighting, benches, trees and landscaping. The streetscape planning area encompasses Martin Luther King Jr. Way from South 19th Street to Division Avenue, Division Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr. Way to First Street, and First Street from Division Avenue to Tacoma Avenue, with a possibility of design on adjacent streets.
- Development of strategies to connect Hilltop residents with workforce development and economic empowerment opportunities provided by the Tacoma Link Extension construction.
A $2 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s pilot program for transit-oriented development funds the design of the project. The City of Tacoma provided a $500,000 match, bringing the project budget total to $2.5 million. The project is funded through August 2018.
Crime prevention through environmental design
Sound Transit uses the following design principles to encourage crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED):
- Provide clear views around station
Assure that screening elements provide clear visibility.
- Natural access control
Use walkways, signage and fencing to guide people and vehicles on property pathways.
- Territorial reinforcement
Distinguish public areas through design treatments to encourage civic pride and ownership by all.
Preserve property through proper maintenance; neglected sites encourage criminal activity.