Politics & Government

Final Prairie Line Trail segment in city hands

The Prairie Line Trail through Tacoma has reached yet another milestone.

The city has accumulated a number of grants to build the mile-long trail, but getting the ownership paperwork from the BNSF Railway has taken seven years.

The 20-foot-wide strip of land, between downtown Tacoma’s South 15th and South 26th streets, will complete the trail through the city’s downtown core.

City planners have said they expect the trail through downtown Tacoma to be completed by next summer. However, the city did not officially have the ownership papers from BNSF until just last week.

“This trail will honor Tacoma’s history, support economic development and provide incredible public spaces to connect people to some of downtown’s most compelling places,” said Tacoma City Councilman Robert Thoms in a press release.

As part of the deal, the city of Tacoma will permanently close three street crossings along the railroad: A Street, East 22nd Street and Dock Street.

For more information, visit the city of Tacoma website.