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Wear a mask on board buses and trains.

Staying safe on board trains and buses

Wear a mask

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As our region continues on the path to recovering from COVID-19 and we increase Link light rail service in September, it’s important that we all work together to keep each other safe.

We expect our riders to do their part following practical and critical health guidelines.

By now, we know the drill: Wash your hands. Stay home if you’re sick.

Wear a mask.

Throughout August and September, Sound Transit will be hosting free mask giveaways to distribute 23,000 reusable face coverings sent by the Federal Transit Administration. Masks are required on board all Sound Transit buses and trains. 

Ambassadors give away free reusable cloth masks at Rainier Beach Station in August.
Ambassadors give away free reusable cloth masks at Rainier Beach Station in August.

Check out the CDC’s website for more information on face coverings, including how to make one at home.

Keeping the system safe

What we’re doing

Sound Transit services other than our Tacoma Link system are operated and maintained by agency partners based in the areas we serve - Pierce Transit, Community Transit (Snohomish County) and King County Metro in King County.

We are grateful for their dedicated operators and maintenance crews working to help protect riders.

We’re working hard to keep everyone who uses our system safe with daily disinfecting regimens, wearing protective equipment and providing contact-free payment options.

Here's a general breakdown of how we're keeping your ride clean.

Link Light Rail (King County Metro)

  • Train cars sanitized daily with a disinfectant
  • Spot cleaning throughout the day as needed on board trains
  • High touch points at stations sanitized regularly
  • Select seats blocked to promote social distancing where possible on board

Buses (King County Metro, Pierce Transit and Community Transit)

  • All buses sanitized daily
  • Masks available to passengers on routes serving Pierce and Snohomish counties
  • Select seats blocked to promote social distancing
  • Some routes operating with capacity limits to limit crowding

Sounder commuter rail (Amtrak)

  • Trains sanitized daily
  • High touch points wiped down throughout the day
  • Stations cleaned and sanitized daily

Tacoma Link

  • Train cars sanitized daily with a disinfectant
  • Spot cleaning throughout the day as needed on board trains
  • High touch points at stations sanitized regularly
  • Select seats blocked to promote social distancing where possible on board

Tell if you see something that needs to be cleaned up

See something that needs to be cleaned up? 

Text our Security Desk - it's staffed 24/7 at: 206-398-5268. 

Adding capacity - making space

In September we'll add capacity on Sounder and Link and adjust ST Express service. 

Updated bus and train schedules can be seen here.

Crowded bus or train? Tell us about it

You can help us get a better idea of which lines need more service by emailing details of your trip to main@soundtransit.org.

Please include the bus or train line number or name and other details of your transit trip such as day and time you typically ride, direction of travel, and stops/stations you board and exit the bus and/or train.

While we are encouraged by news from several other countries that public transit is not a spreader of COVID-19, Sound Transit will continue doing everything we can to make your ride safe as we look forward to a post-COVID world. 

Until then - mask up. 

A woman wears a cloth face covering while waiting to board Link light rail at Capitol Hill Station.

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