It's another virtual sell-out for Sunday's Sounder Mariners train - limited number of tickets available on game day

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It may not have as many seats as a Tina Turner concert, but for Seattle Marnier fans that hate the hassle of driving and parking, Sound Transit's Sounder train has rapidly become a popular chart-topping hit. In less than nine hours 900 seats were sold for Sound Transit's special Sounder "homerun" train to Sunday's Mariners game. For comparison, the May 7 trip took three-and-a-half days to sell out.

Fans will still have an opportunity to ride the train on game day when 200 tickets will be available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis at 9 a.m. this Sunday at the Tacoma Dome Station. The 200 tickets were set aside to be sold on game day to accommodate riders who are unable to purchase tickets during the week. Sound Transit's comfortable air-conditioned ST Express buses will be standing by with non-stop service to Safeco Field for those riders who aren't able to purchase Sounder tickets.

The Sounder homerun train will depart from Tacoma's Amtrak station at 11:30 a.m. and arrive about 50 minutes later at Seattle's King Street Station, just a short walk from Safeco Field.

This Sunday the M's face off against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, with the first pitch at 1:35 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m fans can catch the Sounder train back to Tacoma. Should the game go into extra innings, Sounder tickets are good for a free ride back to Tacoma on Sound Transit's ST Express buses. Free parking in Tacoma is available at the Tacoma Dome Station.

Round trip tickets are $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and persons with disabilities. Kids aged 12 and under ride free.

Beginning this fall, Sounder trains will begin providing regular rush hour commuter service between Tacoma and Seattle. The two-level passenger cars feature comfortable seats, restrooms, cupholders, water fountains, work tables, protected outlets for laptop computers and storage areas for bicycles, wheelchairs and strollers. Construction has already begun on some of the commuter rail stations, which will be located in Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, and Tukwila. The service is planned to expand in 2001/2002 south to Lakewood and north to Everett.

Sounder commuter rail is one part of Sound Move, the voter-approved plan to bring Link light rail and ST Express bus service to King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. For more information on Sounder's special Mariners game service, please call Sound Transit at 1-800-201-4900 or check the Sound Transit Web site at

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