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Tune out traffic: take the bus to outdoor concerts

July 22, 2014

Photo by Christopher Nelson

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. 

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Photo of the Week

July 18, 2014

Photo of bike racks in Union Station

High Five'n Zap

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5 memorable moments aboard Link

July 17, 2014

Zombie photo by Michael Brunk

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. 

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Photo of the Week

July 11, 2014

Photo of bike racks in Union Station

We like bikes

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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

Preparing to launch the TBM

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.

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Photo of the Week

July 3, 2014

Photo of Zap Gridlock at the Artspace community parade

Bring it on

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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>

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They’re playing our tune

June 30, 2014

Flavr Blue

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.

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

June 26, 2014

Conductor Daughter

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. 

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Photo of the Week

June 20, 2014

Photo of Ciscoe Morris getting his Undriving License.Jackson Street entrance.

Undriving Ciscoe

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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>

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Local farm-fresh produce is just a Link ride away

June 16, 2014

Pike Place Market Express

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

Photo of Sound Transit's new Sounder sign at the Jackson Street entrance.

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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>

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Around the Sound update

Project Updates

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

Photo of the Week 6/09/14

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We're with the band

June 5, 2014

Heart Beats

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>

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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.

More details here>


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>

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Photo of the Week

May 23, 2014

Photo of the Week 5/23/14

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Tacoma Link fare implementation delayed two years

May 22, 2014

Tacoma Link downtown

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>

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Photo of the Week

May 16, 2014

Photo of the Week 5/16/14

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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>

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Meet the conductors!

May 14, 2014

Nik

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

Photo of the Week 5/09/14

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Around the Sound update

Project Updates

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

Photo of the Week 5/02/14

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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

Photo of the Week 4/25/14

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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

Budget Savvy

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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Soundwaves online community

Join SoundWaves online community

Sign up: soundtransit.org/SoundWaves.

You're the expert on your commute, and Sound Transit values your expertise.

When you join Sound Transit's new online community, you'll be invited to answer questions about current and future train and bus services, compare your views with fellow commuters, and maybe even win a prize!

Ride a Bike

Make biking part of the equation

Did you know in about 15 minutes, you can bike about three miles?  Get to your bus stop or train station quickly, while you connect to your city, breathe fresh air and reduce stress.  

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Regional Transit Map Book available

Sound Transit has made our Regional Transit Map Book available - it's a 24-page collection of regional and local transit maps, service information, and provider contacts. Get it here >