Ride Sounder to the Cougar Gridiron Classic at Qwest Field!

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WSU fans can concentrate on battling the Cowboys, not traffic, by riding special Sounder train service to this year’s Cougar Gridiron Classic on Saturday, Aug. 30. Special event trains will serve Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila, Everett, Mukilteo and Edmonds, arriving and departing right next door to Qwest Field at King Street Station.

The game featuring WSU versus Oklahoma State at Qwest Field begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. Sounder trains will arrive at King Street Station about 90 minutes before kickoff and depart King Street Station 30 minutes after the game ends.

Detailed schedule and fare information can be found here.

Sounder commuter rail offers a great way to avoid traffic jams and parking hassles, whether for special events like the Cougar Gridiron Classic or for your daily commute.  Sound Transit currently offers six round-trip commuter rail trains each weekday between Seattle and Tacoma with stops in Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila and Seattle. Three more round-trip trains travel between Everett, Mukilteo, Edmonds and Seattle.

Three more round-trip trains will be added in September, for a total of eight weekday round-trip trains in the south corridor and four in the north corridor. The final funded addition to the Sounder schedule is a ninth round-trip train in the south end coming next year.

Further Sounder expansions are part of Sound Transit’s Mass Transit Expansion proposal going before voters this November. The proposal calls for increasing Sounder service between Lakewood, Tacoma, and Seattle by 65 percent with longer trains and four new round trips. Also included in the proposal are 36 miles of new light rail to Lynnwood, Redmond, and the Redondo/Star Lake area at the northern boundary of Federal Way. The proposal also includes funds to implement a 17-percent expansion of ST Express regional bus service in 2009 and expanded access to transit facilities around the region. Information on the proposal is available online.