Rider news

Q: How much will it cost to ride University Link?

ORCA card machines

February 5, 2016

When U Link opens for service March 19, current riders will have new communities to explore surrounding the new Capitol Hill and University of Washington stations. Many new customers will also try light rail service for the first time. Read more.

Heads up, riders! Sounder, ST Express fare changes 3/1

Fare change image
January 15, 2016

If you use an ORCA card to pay for your transit trips, you may need to pay more for your monthly pass or add more money to your E-purse. Many riders buy monthly passes in advance, so we want to give you plenty of notice.
Learn more

Low-income fares expand to Sounder, buses

ORCA lift image
January 15, 2016
Good news for people with low incomes: If you ride Sounder trains and ST Express buses, you’ll have a new reduced fare option starting March 1.
Learn more

7 local events to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   

MLK Day image

January 15, 2016

Looking for an inspirational event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy? These free, local celebrations are easy to get to when you take transit. Here's the list

New Year's Eve events via transit

New Year's Eve event

December 29, 2015

Ring in the new year with the family at one of these local celebrations. No need to worry about a ride, transit has you covered.

Here's the list>

The ice train cometh

Link in Snow

December 24, 2015

Santa won’t the only one pulling an overnighter tonight. Link light rail crews will be up all night tonight running “Ice Trains” so you can get where you need to go tomorrow morning. With forecasts calling for frigid temperatures comes the possibility of ice forming on the overhead lines that power our light rail trains. That’s not a good thing. Ice on the wires can interfere with power transmission to the trains.

Learn more>

Holiday date nights by transit

Holiday date

December 17, 2015

With all the twinkling lights and festive sounds, Puget Sound communities shine with plenty of ambiance for date nights during the holiday season. When you let Sound Transit be your chauffeur, you can save money on gas and parking – you’ll be feeling the holiday cheer in no time!
Here are some ideas to get you started>  

Q: Who’s driving those Sound Transit buses and trains?


December 10, 2015

The answer is not simple. When Sound Transit became an agency in 1996, the decision was made to contract out our services to existing transit operators who were already in place and had the maintenance bases to take care of our equipment.

Learn more>

Q: When are you going to add more Sounder trips? We need more trains!

Sound Transit Sounder commuter train and passengers

December 8, 2015

Good news -by 2017, we’re planning to add three more round-trip Sounder trains between Lakewood and Seattle.

Learn more>

10 ways to maximize your commute during the holidays

December 3, 2015

Ahhh, the holidays. So much to do, so little time. If only there were more hours in the day.
The good news? When you take transit, you can use your time on the road to tackle your holiday to-do list.

Here's the list>

Q: What are bus reliability improvements?

Bus Reliability

December 1, 2015

When the Sound Transit Board approved the 2016 Service Implementation Plan (SIP) (here's an overview) last week, it included improved reliability for some ST Express bus routes next year. Here we explain what that means.

Kick-off the holiday season at a train-themed event

Image of holiday model train event

November 30, 2015

Just hear those train bells jingle-ing, ring ting tingle-ing too. It’s lovely weather for a train event together with the family. Here’s some events happening around the Sound.

Click here for the list!>

Get crafty: Take transit to holiday bazaars


November 23, 2015

‘Tis the season for craft fair signs at major intersections throughout the region. And that can be a good thing! Say you like to give handmade gifts but don’t have time or talent to make them yourself. Or maybe you prefer to support local craftspeople. Plenty of options are out there – and you can take transit to many of them. Need to know which bus or train to take? Visit soundtransit.org/tripplanner

Click here for the list!>

ST Spotlight: Building East Link 

East Link map

November 18, 2015

We’ve been waiting to say it for a while now: East Link construction is about to begin!

This 14-mile extension to the region’s light rail system is very important and we’re thrilled that construction is kicking off in 2016.

Read more>

Q: “When train service goes down, why aren’t back-up buses available immediately?”

photo of out of service Link train

November 17, 2015

If Link or Sounder service gets disrupted, we send buses to pick up passengers and drop them off at the stations. However, buses aren’t always immediately available because they are in use during busy commute times when the trains operate.

Read more>


ST Spotlight: This is just a drill

emergency drill at UW Station

November 12, 2015

Preparing to open a new light rail segment is more than just testing train on tracks.

Take, for instance, the recent emergency drills at University Link's new Capitol Hill and University of Washington station.

Read more here>

ST Spotlight: Bland name, millions saved


November 3, 2015

The name may be modest, but the “mid-day bus storage lot” will eventually save millions.

The recently opened lot, which is located across from the Link Operations & Maintenance Facility in the SODO area of Seattle, allows Sound Transit to store up to 30 buses that are used in peak-hour runs between Pierce County and Seattle.

Read more here>

ST Spotlight: Shopping, buses, bikes and trains

October 29, 2015

Besides buses and shoppers, Northgate’s future includes bikes and trains.

To that end, design is over 90 percent complete on the Northgate Link light rail station and 450-stall garage and Sound Transit is seeking final permits to allow station construction to begin next March.

Read more here>


Q: Why are those Link trains just sitting in the yard?

Trains in Yard

October 27, 2015

When you travel on Interstate 5 past the Sound Transit maintenance base in the SODO neighborhood – the one marked “Rail” with the old Rainier R - you might see 30-40 Link light rail cars parked outside. We currently have 62 Link cars and run 15 two-car trains during peak periods, 10 midday.

That will change when service opens to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington early next year; during peak hours, we’ll run 19 two- or three-car Link trains. That will reduce the number of spare cars in the yard to around 20. We need 10 available to swap in and out for regular maintenance.

Read more here>


10 Reasons Riding Transit is Better than Driving

October 23, 2015

Here are some unsung reasons riding transit is better than driving.

Read more here>


Q. Will Sound Transit ever allow bikes onboard its buses?

October 22, 2015

Bikes, buses & racks. You ask, we answer.

Read more here>

ST Spotlight: Goodbye Red Wall


October 21, 2015

The final piece of the Red Wall, a fixture on Capitol Hill since 2010, is coming down. The familiar wall surrounding the Capitol Hill light rail station has been dismantled in stages as the station construction wrapped up.

Read more here>

Q: My bus was late, then two came at once. Why?

photo of buses lined up

October 14, 2015

If you've ever been frustrated by this phenomenon you are not alone. It's called bus bunching and unfortunately it plagues bus systems around the world. So why does it happen? 

Read more here>


Improved mobile site just for you

October 13, 2015

We’re thrilled to introduce Sound Transit’s new mobile site! With more and more customers looking for schedule and trip planning information on their smart phones and tablets, we’ve created an improved customer experience. Based on customer feedback, it includes new features and functions you said you want.

Read more here>


ST Spotlight: Getting ready for rain

October 09, 2015

Riders on Sounder north line trains have probably noticed the construction work going on in four slide-prone areas near Everett and Mukilteo. That work will, hopefully, help keep those trains running through the rainy season.

Read more here>


ST Spotlight: Magnetic fields and good vibrations

October 02, 2015

Good news from University Link light rail testing: the magnetic fields and vibrations are good. Here’s the explanation. Sound Transit’s agreement with the University of Washington to run light rail requires that the train’s vibrations and magnetic fields do not affect the UW’s sensitive research.

Read more here>


Q: Why do I need to tap on and tap off my ORCA card?

September 24, 2015

For Link and Sounder trains, fares are distance-based. When you tap your ORCA card at a yellow card reader at the station before boarding the train, you are eligible to ride. When you get off the train and tap off at your destination station, it calculates the correct fare to charge against your card. If you don’t tap off, your card will be charged the maximum fare.

Read more here>



Service Change the weekend of Sept. 26 and 27

Sept. 21, 2015

Highlights of service changes effective Sept. 26 and 27, 2015 include:

Link light rail: Trains will come every 6 minutes during morning and afternoon commute periods. More information here>

Sounder south line: New schedule. More information here>

There are no changes to the Sounder north line (Everett to Seattle) or Tacoma Link.

ST Express:

ST Express Route

Service Change

Route 510

Minor schedule changes.

Route 511

Minor schedule changes.

Route 512

Minor schedule changes.

Route 513

Minor schedule changes.

Route 522

Minor schedule changes and new trips.

Route 567

Minor schedule changes due to changes in the Sounder schedule.

Route 577

Minor schedule changes to two morning trips and one afternoon trip added.

Route 578

Significant schedule changes due to congestion.

Route 580

New route between Lakewook and Puyallup Station.

Route 586

Significant schedule changes due to congestion.

Route 596

Minor schedule changes due to changes in the Sounder schedule.


For more detailed information look in the new Ride the Wave guide on all Sound Transit vehicles. A .pdf of the new Guide is also available at: soundtransit.org/schedules

The new schedules will be posted to the web the weekend of the service change.



More frequent Link service starts 9/28

September 16, 2015

Beginning Monday, Sept. 28, Sound Transit will increase its Link service to every six minutes during peak morning and afternoon rush hours as we prepare for service to Capitol Hill and UW next year.

See the new schedule here>


ST in the News September 8

In case you missed it, here's the top Sound Transit news stories from last week:

Transit to State Fair, With More Sounder Capacity (Seattle Transit Blog)
Permits for Park and Ride lot to be vetted (Mercer Island Reporter)
Sound Transit’s wish list of Snohomish County projects grows (Everett Herald)
Sound Transit narrows list of projects for 2016 (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Microsoft Said to Weigh Multibillion-Dollar Headquarters Revamp (Bloomberg)
Top 6 Ways to Improve King Street Station (Seattle Transit Blog)
Woman says she was groped on bus: ‘I just froze, I didn’t know how to react’ (Q13)
King County revisiting Lake Washington ferry expansion (King 5)
Connecting Capitol Hill to downtown, what ‘public benefits’ should Convention Center expansion provide? (Capitol Hill Seattle)
Rep. Larsen hosts transportation town hall on wheels (King 5)


ST Spotlight: learning the trades

September 4, 2015

Learning the right skills is critical in finding a construction trade job.

That’s why Sound Transit, and a group of seven other organizations, got together to make it easier. The group recently received a $476,000 “Ladders of Opportunity” grant from the Federal Transit Administration to help individuals from underrepresented communities learn construction trade skills.

Learn more here>

Fare change proposal


September 3, 2015

The Sound Transit Board is considering several fare change options and is seeking public comment on them. Sound Transit is considering offering a low-income adult fare on ST Express and Sounder to align with King County Metro and Sound Transit Link light rail. To offset revenue loss, other fares (for other adults, youth, seniors and people with disabilities) would be raised by 25 cents for ST Express riders and 50 cents for Sounder riders. If Sound Transit adopts any fare changes, these changes will be implemented as of March 1, 2016.

Learn more and take the survey here>



ST in the News September 1

In case you missed it, here's the top Sound Transit news stories from last week:

Ridership jumps 6% as Sound Transit advances $15B expansion proposal (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Sound Transit Board starts shaping Sound Transit 3 proposal (King 5)
Sound Transit Board Meeting Liveblog: What Will Survive for ST3? (Seattle Transit Blog)
Future transit plans include making tracks to Issaquah (Sammamish Review)
Sound Transit weighs permits for park-and-ride customers (KIRO TV)
Metro Unveils Plan To Overhaul Northeast Seattle Bus Routes (KUOW)
Metro Sends Final U-Link Plan to Council (Seattle Transit Blog)
What you’ll find on the UW end of light rail: Rainier Vista bridge in 2016, 240-foot tower in 2021 (Capitol Hill Seattle)
Tacoma homeless shelter loses iconic lighthouse (KOMO)
Matt Driscoll: Sinking feeling at Tacoma Rescue Mission may run even deeper (Tacoma News Tribune)
More support arrives to help solve Edmonds traffic problems (Everett Herald)



ST Spotlight: More transit technology on the way

Link light rail map

August 28, 2015

Technology is a big deal for Sound Transit riders. We know that 68 percent of riders get their schedule information online while 64 percent get information on their mobile devices. To keep up with the ever-increasing demand, Sound Transit’s Research and Technology Program has several projects already completed, underway or in planning.

Learn more here >


ST in the News August 25

In case you missed it, here's the top Sound Transit news stories from last week:

Crews work to ensure trains will keep rolling when the rains hit (Everett Herald)
Extra $20 million OK’d to finish East Link light-rail design (Seattle Times)
Don’t Listen to the Times: East Link Will Be Safe (Seattle Transit Blog)
Sound Transit seeks bids for downtown Bellevue tunnel (Daily Journal of Commerce)
What the Eastside Wants in ST3 (Seattle Transit Blog)
UW may build office tower atop U District light-rail station (Seattle Times)
Redevelopment of downtrodden Roosevelt property was more than 16 years in the making (Puget Sound Business Journal)
What Snohomish County Wants in ST3 (Seattle Transit Blog)
Parking woes lead Sound Transit to consider permit program (MyNorthwest)
$16B transportation package will keep contractors busy here for years to come (Daily Journal of Commerce)
25 things to know as University of Washington Tacoma turns 25 (Tacoma News Tribune)
North King Cities Focus on Three Points for ST3 (Seattle Transit Blog)


Q: When will my cell phone work in the tunnel?

Tunnel Cell Service

August 5, 2015

Good news… starting in mid-2016, cell service will be available in transit tunnels and underground stations. That means you can keep up with rider alerts via text message or email if you have a data plan with your cell carrier (and you won’t miss the game score or that cute cat video).

Learn more here>


Learn more about Permit Parking

Parking Permit Photo

July 31, 2015

To help transit riders find parking quickly and reliably, Sound Transit is considering offering permit parking at its busiest lots and garages starting in 2016.

Learn more and take the survey here>


There’s no summer vacation for safety


Photo of produce at a summer farmer's market, accessible by bus, light rail or train

July 20, 2015

Did you know that a commuter train traveling 55 mph can take up to the length of five football fields to stop? A freight train can take one mile! That’s why it’s so important to be safe around train tracks.

Learn more safety facts here


Guide to a summer staycation

Photo of produce at a summer farmer's market, accessible by bus, light rail or train

June 22, 2015

Kick back, relax and enjoy a summer staycation; there's no shortage of local activities to check out. And, make your staycation even more carefree by taking transit. Check our online trip planner for your best transit match.

Check out the full guide


Service change the weekend of June 6 and 7

May 28, 2015

Highlights of ST Express service changes effective June 6 and 7, 2015 include:

ST Express Route

Service Change

Route 545

Minor schedule changes.

Route 550

Minor schedule changes.

Route 560

Significant schedule changes and deletion of one trip.

Route 566

Significant schedule changes and deletion of six trips.

Route 567

Significant schedule changes.

Route 577

Significant schedule changes.

Route 578

Significant schedule changes and deletion of one trip.

Route 586

Summer schedule begins June 12, 2015

Route 590

Three trips deleted.


There are no changes to Link, Tacoma Link, or Sounder service.

For more detailed information look in the new Ride the Wave guide on all Sound Transit vehicles. A .pdf of the new Guide is also available at: soundtransit.org/schedules

The new schedules will be posted to the web the weekend of the service change.



May 30, 31 and June 6, 7 Link and tunnel closures

May 18, 2015

Link and Tunnel Shutdown Hero

Over the weekends of May 30-31 and June 6-7 Link will not run downtown while the downtown Seattle transit tunnel is closed for system upgrades. A free shuttle bus (Route 97) will serve the downtown stops and connect to regular Link service between Stadium Station and the airport.

Click here for a map and more info.


Link Connections

May 13, 2015

Link Connections Hero

In early 2016 Link light rail will open service to two new stations, one at Capitol Hill and the other at the University of Washington near Husky Stadium. Ahead of the opening, King County Metro and Sound Transit want your input on changes to the bus system that will occur when the new Link stations open.

 See the proposals and take the survey


Special Event trains this weekend (April 25, 26)

April 20, 2015

Heads up, folks. Sorry, no Sounder train to Mariners game this Sunday afternoon. We will have special Sounder service to the Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers match that evening. The next Mariners game train will be Sunday, May 10, for the 1:10 p.m. game vs. the Oakland Athletics. Get the schedule.

 More information here


Get out there: lend a helping, dirt-digging hand for Earth Day

April 16, 2015

Grab your work gloves, sneakers and party pants and head to an Earth Day event in your community. Check our online trip planner for your best green ride to the events: soundtransit.org/trip-planner

 See the full list of events here


Stand Up 4 Transportation: Federal investments key to increased regional mobility

April 9, 2015

Thanks to our strong partnerships with the federal government, Sound Transit is operating and building fast, reliable travel options via light rail that move millions every year.

That's why the Sound Transit Board of Directors joined transit and transportation agencies across the nation today calling on Congress to continue supporting federal transportation funding and Stand Up 4 Transportation.

 Get the full story here


Keep it clean: indulge in our "50 Shades of Green" Earth Month campaign

April 1, 2015

You do things every day to make a difference for our environment, both by taking transit and doing small things to live greener. Our region has a reputation for caring about the environment. So let's keep it up, together.

 Get the full story here>


Peek behind the clean scene

March 26, 2015

It’s not just a spring cleaning thing. Keeping Sound Transit trains and buses polished and rider-friendly is an everyday job.

 Get the full story here>



High school girls: future engineers

March 19, 2015

With an aging construction workforce and years of public transportation (including Sound Transit) projects ahead, local professional organization Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) is paving the way for the next generation of workers.

 Get the full story here>



Help guide bus service changes

March 17, 2015

In early 2016 Link light rail service will open up to Capitol Hill and the UW. King County Metro and Sound Transit want your input on changes to the bus system that will occur when the new Link stations open.

 More details here>



March 28, 29 downtown Link shutdown

March 16, 2015

On Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, the downtown section of the Link light rail line will be closed for system upgrades to prepare for extending service to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington in early 2016.

Trains will operate normally between Sea-Tac Airport Station to Mount Baker Station. A free shuttle bus will connect at Mount Baker Station, serve a temporary stop near Stadium Station and then make all normal downtown tunnel stops.

 Details here>



Your Mariners & Sounders FC MVP partner

March 11, 2015

Mariners and Sounders fans: It's easy to get to Safeco and CenturyLink fields on Sound Transit trains and buses. We'll be running special Sounder train game-day service to select games and matches again this year. As always, Link light rail and ST Express are also good ways to get to the stadium area too.

 Read more here>



Metro, Sound Transit: a vision of data access, customer information

February 25, 2015

King County Metro and Sound Transit have teamed up to provide transit riders the most accurate information possible.

 Get the full story here>



Transit technology works for you

February 10, 2015

Transit uses technology to improve your ride. Check out a few ways that it’s working at Sound Transit.

 Read more here>



Service change the weekend of February 14 and 15

February 9, 2015

Highlights of ST Express service changes effective February 14 and 15, 2015 include:

ST Express Route Service Change
Route 510 New morning trip
Route 574 Minor schedule changes.
Route 590 Fourteen trips deleted and minor schedule changes to other trips.
Route 592 Two trips deleted to match ridership demand and minor schedule changes.
Route 594 Six trips added and minor schedule changes to other trips
Route 596 Minor schedule changes.


There are no changes to Link, Tacoma Link, or Sounder service.

For more detailed information look in the new Ride the Wave guide on all Sound Transit vehicles. A .pdf of the new Guide is also available at: soundtransit.org/schedules

The new schedules will be posted to the web the weekend of the service change.



Link fare changes coming March 1

February 2, 2015

Fare changes, including the new low income fare go into effect March 1.

 Read more here>



Manitou Trestle mural

January 28, 2015

The South Tacoma community and a trio of local artists helped turn a concrete railroad trestle into a work of art.

 Read more here>



Downsizing: going car-free and living simple

January 14, 2015

Tiny living and car-free commuting have been part of transit rider Josie Nutter’s lifestyle for years. Learn how she ditched her car and downsized into a 96-square-foot shed. (Hint: it’s an ongoing process.)

 Read more here>



Get on board Sunday's NFC game train

January 13, 2015

With the Seahawks playoff game starting at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday, the schedule for special Sounder service was shifted earlier. After the game, the last train will leave later than normal to allow fans to stay for a potential awards ceremony if/when we win, celebrating the Seahawks return to the Super Bowl - woot!

 Read more here>

 Find the full schedule and plan your game-day travel here>



No reindeer required: take transit to holiday merriments

December 12, 2014

Transit can get you to holiday festivities faster than Santa's sleigh (and with fewer stops). Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy one of these seasonal traditions in the region.

 Check them out!



Choo choo cheer: Train-themed holiday events around the Sound

November 25, 2014

Carolers are singing and train bells are ringing this holiday season. Grab your eggnog and head to one of these train-themed family events happening through December.

 Check them out!



Nov. 15 Link closed for system upgrades

November 3, 2014

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the entire Link light rail line will be closed for system upgrades to prepare for extending service to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington in early 2016.

If possible, we recommend that you adjust your schedule or use alternative travel options such as taxis and shuttles.

Sound Transit and partners are also offering shuttle bus services.

 More information>



October is Wheel Options month

October 10, 2014

If you ride transit or otherwise commute without driving alone - or if you're willing to try it -- the rewards can be even richer this month. Take transit at least six times in October, record your trips in the Wheel Options campaign, and you'll be eligible to win great prizes including an Alaskan cruise trip for two to Alaska.

Read the full story>



Multi-tasking bride makes wedding dress on bus

October 3, 2014

If your commute means getting behind the steering wheel and fighting traffic, you’re missing opportunities to get a lot more done. See what this multi-tasking bride did during her commute!

Read the full story>



More parking and cool eco-designs underway at South 200th

September 25, 2014

Did you know the future Angle Lake Station in SeaTac will feature solar power, 1,050 parking spaces and a three-dimensional color-changing cloud sculpture? Construction began on the station and garage recently. Read more about the cool design features here:

Learn more>



Fare change proposal

September 19, 2014

Sound Transit is considering a several options for a low-income fare program and general fare increase and wants to know what you think.

Learn more>



15 years of ST Express

September 18, 2014

ST Express turns 15 years old this week. Do you know what the longest route is? Or the number of buses in the fleet? Watch the slide show for some facts about the service. THANK YOU for continuing to ride ST Express.




Service change the weekend of September 27 and 28

September 12, 2014

Highlights of ST Express service changes effective September 27 and 28, 2014 include:

ST Express Route

Service Change

Route 522

New trips added and five trips now end at UW Bothell/Cascadia CC.

Route 555/556

New trips added and minor schedule changes.

Route 590

One trip deleted and minor schedule changes.

Route 592

Two trips deleted and one Olympia trip now starts at DuPont Station.

Route 594

Select trips extended to Dupont Station.


There are no changes to Link, Tacoma Link, or Sounder service.

Due to King County Metro service reductions expect crowding on peak ST Express 522, 545, and 550 trips.

For more detailed information look in the new Ride the Wave guide on all Sound Transit vehicles. A .pdf of the new Guide is also available at: soundtransit.org/schedules

The new schedules will be posted to the web the weekend of the service change.




Rider information for Sept. 4 NFL Kickoff

August 27, 2014

Are you ready to kick off another championship season? Sound Transit is! It all starts Thursday, Sept. 4, with the official NFL Kickoff. With both gameday crowds (5:30 kickoff) and those coming for the free Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden concert (3:10-4:45), expect large crowds downtown. Please read how this will affect your commute or how best to get to the concert or game.

Be prepared!



Behind the scenes of time-lapse videos

August 22, 2014

Today's nighttime time-lapse construction video is a companion piece to the daytime one that premiered in June. Both show how construction is progressing on the overhead trackway for the 1.6-mile Link light rail extension south from Sea-Tac Airport to Angle Lake Station. How do Sound Transit videographers create these fast-moving videos? Take a seat in the director's chair for a behind-the-scenes look!

Get the scoop!



Sound Transit making waves

August 13, 2014

Sound Transit in the news.

June 2014 Sound Transit Ridership Report - One MILLION boardings

Seattle's Transit Tunnel Is About To Get Busier

A 6/10 Compromise?  

Give Link Transfers a Chance  

Seattle's Transit Tunnel Is About To Get Busier  

A Budget for ST3  

Clarification: Subarea Equity

Parking possible north of Community Center? (Mercer Island)

Developers vying to build Capitol Hill Station housing+retail say properties are overvalued

Northgate Link update: Capitol Hill's big red crane a-comin'

Sound Transit to use eminent domain to move Seattle stores (Northgate)



Learn the lingo: 10 terms for transit fans

August 7, 2014

With various transit projects underway in the Puget Sound, it can be difficult to decode all the planning, construction and operational talk. We've pulled together some common lingo used in Sound Transit documents and transit news. Study the terms, use them in a conversation and you're on your way to becoming a transit geek!

Learn the Lingo!



Sound Transit making waves

July 30, 2014

Sound Transit in the news.

Transit board taps BNSF site in Bellevue as preferred option for rail yard

Sound Transit chooses Bellevue site for new rail yard  

Bellevue refocuses vision for Bel-Red Corridor after setback  

Red Lion puts Bellevue hotel on market  

Airport Transit Rankings - How Does Link Stack Up?  

Seattle, a City That Likes its Buses, Adds Streetcars

In Summary: The Long Range Plan

Five days remain: Shape the future of regional mass transit

Statistics show robberies near public transit have increased (Central Link)



Tune out traffic: take the bus to outdoor concerts

July 22, 2014

Photo by Christopher Nelson

Are you going to an outdoor concert this summer? Check out this list of transit options to summer concerts in the region. You can tune out traffic and save your energy for dancing and crowd-surfing.

Concert listing>



Photo of the Week

July 18, 2014

High Five'n Zap




5 memorable moments aboard Link

July 17, 2014

It's been a fun ride! As Link light rail celebrates its fifth birthday, we've reflected on some of the more interesting onboard moments since it opened in July 2009.




Photo of the Week

July 11, 2014

We like bikes

Full Image and Details>



Sound Transit making waves

July 10, 2014

Sound Transit in the news.

Tukwila Sounder Station on track to open this fall

Shooting brings attention to light rail's fare inspection force

Crowd Refuses to Pay Light Rail Fare to Protest Immigrant Youth's Death at Sodo Station  

Mayor Proposes Funding Night Owls, Deferring Ship Canal Study

City: Murray Doesn't Plan to Cut Sound Transit Rail Study  

Let's Build a Sand Point Crossing! (Option "SP1")   

Deal to use Sounder trains for U.S. Open said to be "really close"

Going to Boeing and beyond



8 facts about the Northgate Link tunneling project

July 9, 2014

We're off and digging the 3.5-mile twin light rail tunnels from Northgate to the UW! The first of two tunnel boring machines launched today and will reach depths of 140 feet by the time they reach the UW in mid-2016. Read more facts about Northgate Link tunneling project.

Learn more here!>


Photo of the Week

July 3, 2014

Bring it on

Full Image and Details>



Sound Transit making waves

July 2, 2014

Sound Transit in the news.

Why does summer heat slow light-rail trains in Portland, but not in Seattle? Link>

Light rail: Should a route go to Paine Field Link>  

New information about deputy killing of fare evader Link> 

Sound Transit passengers fumed after fatal shooting Link>

Potential rail-yard sites threaten Bellevue's businesses, vision Link>

Ballard-UW Should Be The Next Light Rail Line in Seattle Link>

The Costs of Regionalism Link>

We need housing -- and jobs -- near transit stations Link>

How The Light Rail Will Change Rainier Valley Link>




They’re playing our tune

June 30, 2014

Passenger train terminal, business headquarters or concert hall? Through the years, Seattle’s historic Union Station has done it all and remains a vibrant public space.

Learn more here!>


Nine-year-old girl is Sounder conductor for a day

June 26, 2014

Sounder riders may remember a young and untypical voice delivering the morning PA announcements earlier this year. April 24 was National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and Sounder Conductor Dan Middelburg's best day on the railroad after 19 years of BNSF Railway Company service.

Read full story>


Photo of the Week

June 20, 2014

Undriving Ciscoe

Full Image and Details>



Sound Transit making waves

June 18, 2014

Sound Transit in the news.

Next for Sound Transit: Light rail to Ballard, Issaquah, Everett? Link>

Sound Transit's Long Range Plan: Or How to Cook a Train Link>

Rider alert (editorial - Long Range Plan) Link>

Sound Transit Reviews Ballard-UW Options Link>

Metro, Sound Transit may 'take relationship to the next level' Link>

Constantine orders Metro, Sound Transit to play nice Link>

Bellevue crafting opposition letter to Sound Transit over maintenance facility Link>

Like Lynnwood, Bellevue comes out against proposed Light Rail Maintenance Facility Link>

Seattle's streetcar system moving through Capitol Hill Link>

Broadway Extension Open House Debrief Link>

Sound Transit to be in MLT to talk about Lynnwood Link Extension Link>




Local farm-fresh produce is just a Link ride away

June 16, 2014

Summer is in the air and that means local farmers markets are in full swing. Fresh juicy berries, leafy greens and sweet corn are ready to eat. Take Link light rail to a neighborhood market every day of the week; it supports local merchants and healthy eating after all!

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Photo of the Week

June 13, 2014

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Sound Transit making waves

June 18, 2014

Sound Transit in the news.

Why we're stuck with some of the nation's worst traffic Link>

Light Rail Tunnel Walk Link>

The Northgate bike/walk bridge designs are stunning, could be a neighborhood icon Link>

Special needs clinic for kids fights Sound Transit plans Link>

Sound Transit hears Bellevue opposition to maintenance facility options Link>

Real Estate Buzz: First look at finalists for #CapHillStation TOD Link>

Debate over tall buildings splits neighbors near Mount Baker rail station Link>

Puyallup celebrates upcoming launch of new transit service Link>

Ballard to Downtown Seattle Results Link>

Kent City Council prefers light rail station along Pacific Highway South over Highline CC campus Link>

Sound Transit to be in MLT to talk about Lynnwood Link Extension Link>

City expects Broadway Streetcar extension by 2017, terminus still TBD Link>




Around the Sound update

June 9, 2014

A roundup of Sound Transit project updates

U District Station: Work continued on station construction, including paving on 42nd, shoring up the retaining walls and building pedistrian pathways. May 13 Update> May 21 Update>

East Link Extension: Sound Transit and the City of Bellevue's Light Rail Permitting Citizen Advisory Comittee (CAC) hosted an open house on the Downtown Bellevue Segment of the project. Summary here>

Link Operations & Maintenance Satellite Facility: Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) released. Check it out here> Submit your comments here>

Tukwila Sounder Station: Yay! Both platforms now open! Link>

Tacoma Link Expansion: Open houses were held throughout the month. Here are the information boards shown>

Sumner Station Improvements: Informational brochure posted here>

Puyallup Station Improvements: Informational brochure posted here>

Sound Transit plans, builds and operates regional transit systems and services to improve mobility for Central Puget Sound.

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Photo of the Week

June 6, 2014

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We're with the band

June 5, 2014

Did you know Sound Transit is a supporting act for Seattle's music scene? Both Hey Marseilles and the Blue Scholars recently shot videos on our vehicles.

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Sound Transit making waves

June 4, 2014

Sound Transit in the news.

Carless in Seattle: How it feels to ditch it and get there other ways Link>

Capitol Hill meets prospective developers of Broadway light rail station housing + retail + community projects Link>

In Defense of Burien/Renton (HCT study) Link>

Completing the Spine: Federal Way to Tacoma Link>

Bus, riders stranded on I-90 ramp after agencies screw up Link>

Sound Transit Q1 2014 Report Link>

Support the Northgate bike/walk bridge at Tuesday open house + A look at the updated concept Link>

$4.7 million federal grant aids Mukilteo ferry terminal move Link>




Service change this weekend

June 2, 2014

This weekend, June 7 & 8, is service change weekend. ST Express routes 532/535, 540, 577/578, 586, and 590 will all be slightly changed as will the south line of the Sounder train.

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Sound Transit making waves

May 28, 2014

Sound Transit in the news.

S. 200 Link: Angle Lake Open House Link>

Tacoma businesses pony up to keep Link rides free Link>

Lynnwood Link: Shoreline Community Meetings and Workshops Link>

Homeless youth and public space: Is there a design for that? (U District Station mention) Link>

Bus Stop: The 60 (mentions) Link>

March 14 Sound Transit Ridership Report - Need a Thesaurus Link>

Gatorade Helps Nab Copper Wire Thieves Link>

Committee Amends North Rainier (Mount Baker Station area) Rezone Link>




Photo of the Week

May 23, 2014

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Tacoma Link fare implementation delayed two years

May 22, 2014

The Tacoma Business Improvement Area recognizes the value Sound Transit and Tacoma Link bring to the city. Thanks to a generous offer by the group Tacoma Link riders won't begin paying a fare to ride in September. Instead, the BIA will pay Sound Transit $29,000 a year for the next two years to cover net revenue from fares the agency would have collected. The Sound Transit Board approved the plan at its May 22 Board meeting.

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Sound Transit making waves

May 21, 2014

Sound Transit in the news.

Tacoma Link light rail draws closer to expansion Link>

Sound Transit open house draws diverse opinions (Puyallup) Link>

Eight finalists for prized real estate assignment in Seattle (Capitol Hill) Link>

Downtown group offers to pay Link riders' way (Tacoma) Link>

Sound Transit releases study for East Link maintenance facility Link>

Sound Transit explores siting rail yard in Lynnwood Link>

Rainier Valley is Fueling Link Ridership Growth Link>

Connecting Rainier Beach to its Station Link>

ST's "South King" Study: The Hazards of Regionalism Link>

Sound Transit Releases Lynnwood-Everett Analysis Link>




Photo of the Week

May 16, 2014

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Sound Transit making waves

May 15, 2014

Sound Transit in the news.

President Obama highlights Lynnwood and Federal Way Link (mention at 11:55).  Link>

Seattle Transit Blog looks at the different South King County HCT study options. Link>

The Stranger wonders why the suburbs of Seattle appear to like light rail but not buses. Link>

Sound Transit will pay $43 million for relocation of UW College of Engineering labs. Link>

Sound Transit releases Lynnwood-Everett analysis. Link>

Exit 133 looks at the various Tacoma Link expansion options. Link>




Meet the conductors!

May 14, 2014

Sounder conductors help you get to work everyday, but how much do you know about them? Which has been with Sounder from the start of service, and which has an orchard?

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Photo of the Week

May 9, 2014

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Around the Sound update

May 7, 2014

A roundup of Sound Transit project updates

Northgate Link - April 29 - Tunnel Boring Machine dedicated before launching next month. This will be the third tunnel this machine has dug under Seattle. Plus exciting news about jet grouting!  Read more here>

Mukilteo Sounder station - April 18 - The crane and steel are delivered. Look for structural work on the stations and bridges to begin soon. Read more here>

Lynnwood Link - April 17 - Very cool video on the preferred alignment, plus Sound Transit Board and geotechnical slideshows on the project.  Read more here>

East Link - April 7 - Wrap up of the Bellevue stations open houses. Lots of materials and documents. Mercer Island and Seattle open houses comeing up this summer.  Read more here>

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Photo of the Week

May 2, 2014

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May Day tomorrow - plan ahead!

April 30, 2014

Bus riders should be prepared for transit service delays, especially in the afternoon and evening, and plan their commutes accordingly. If possible, leave work early, plan to take earlier buses, and allow extra time to travel through downtown. All 4th Avenue buses will use 3rd Avenue during the march, from approximately 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. There could be additional May Day activities that could further delay or disrupt traffic and transit.

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Link to Fun - Cinco de Mayo

April 29, 2014

Join El Centro de la Raza on Saturday, May 3, from 3 to 8 p.m. for FREE music, prizes, children's activities, craft and informational booths and traditional Mexican foods for sale with a dance/baile from 6 to 8 p.m.  Festivities are right beside the Beacon Hill light rail station.

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Photo of the Week

April 25, 2014

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Fares coming to Tacoma Link in September

March 11, 2014

Starting in September 2014, Sound Transit will begin collecting fares on Tacoma Link.  Fares will be $1 for adults, $.75 for youth (6-18), and $.50 for seniors/disabled (with Regional Reduced Fare Permit).  Children 5 and under will ride free.

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Be smart - save money!

February 27, 2014

Taking transit is a great way to save money. By riding the train or bus to work instead of driving alone, you can greately reduce how often you fill up your gas tank and eliminate hefty parking fees. In some cases you can even save money on your car insurance.

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