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Link Connections

May 13, 2015


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:

 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

Spring Cleaning

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

Spring Cleaning

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

Franklin HS

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

Link in the Rainier Valley

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

Link in the Rainier Valley

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

Sounders FC

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

Manitou Trestle

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: 

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

Link fare changes coming March 1

February 2, 2015

Manitou Trestle

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

 Read more here>

Manitou Trestle mural

January 28, 2015

Manitou Trestle

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

Holiday Events

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

Photo of the Week 4/25/14

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

Photo of the Week 4/25/14

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

Wedding Dress

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

Wedding Dress

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

S. 200

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

Fare Change

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: 

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

Night Time Lapse

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

Transit Lingo

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

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

Photo of bike racks in Union Station

High Five'n Zap


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. 


Photo of the Week

July 11, 2014

Photo of bike racks in Union Station

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

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.

Learn more here!>

Photo of the Week

July 3, 2014

Photo of Zap Gridlock at the Artspace community parade

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

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.

Learn more here!>

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. 

Read full story>


Photo of the Week

June 20, 2014

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

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

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!

Read more here>

Photo of the Week

June 13, 2014

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

Full Image and Details>

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

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.

Sign up for construction alerts and updates here>

Photo of the Week

June 6, 2014

Photo of the Week 6/09/14

Full Image and Details>

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.

Read more here.>

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.

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>



Photo of the Week

May 23, 2014

Photo of the Week 5/23/14

Full Image and Details>

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.

Read more here.>

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

Photo of the Week 5/16/14

Full Image and Details>

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? 

Find out here>

Photo of the Week

May 9, 2014

Photo of the Week 5/09/14

Full Image and Details>

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>

Sign up for construction alerts and updates here>

Photo of the Week

May 2, 2014

Photo of the Week 5/02/14

Full Image and Details>

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.

Sign up for rider alerts here> 

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.

Read more>

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.

Read more>

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.

Read more>

Soundwaves online community

Join SoundWaves online community

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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 >