Ride Sounder trains to Seahawks NFC championship game

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Popular Sounder event trains will serve Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers playoff game Sunday

Seattle Seahawks fans can take Sound Transit's special Sounder trains to the Seahawks NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers this Sunday. Special Sounder service to the 12:05 p.m. game is in addition to regular Link light rail and ST Express bus services to and from the stadium area.

Seattle-bound trains from the south depart Lakewood at 8:50 and 9:30 a.m. and Sumner at 9:37 a.m. The first train leaving Lakewood is an express service that stops in South Tacoma, Tacoma and Puyallup before continuing directly to Seattle, where it arrives at King Street Station at 9:57 a.m.

The second train departs Sumner at 9:37 a.m. with stops in Auburn, Kent and Tukwila before reaching Seattle at 10:19 a.m. A third train leaves Lakewood at 9:30 a.m. and stops at all south line Sounder stations before arriving at King Street Station at 10:43 a.m.

Seattle-bound trains from Snohomish County will depart Everett at 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. with stops in Mukilteo and Edmonds, arriving at King Street Station at 10:14 and 10:29 a.m.

Return trains to Lakewood will depart King Street Station 10, 20 and 75 minutes after the game. Return trains to Everett will leave Seattle 15 and 75 minutes after the game. The last outbound train will depart later than normal to allow fans time to participate in post-game activities. An online schedule of Sounder trains serving Seahawks games is available at soundtransit.org/Schedules/Event-services/Seahawks.

As part of game-day festivities, riders can pick up "I'm In!" rally signs provided by the Seahawks at all Sounder stations.

Sounder game day trains have grown popular over the years. Ridership on special Sounder train service was up 35 percent in the third quarter of last year, and served more than 33,000 riders during the same period.

Special Sounder service is in addition to regular Link light rail service to and from CenturyLink Field. Link runs every 10 minutes on Sunday and serves 13 stations in downtown Seattle, SODO, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, Tukwila and SeaTac. Link's Stadium and International District stations are a short walk from CenturyLink Field.

Many ST Express buses also drop off passengers near the stadium. Link and ST Express bus schedules are available at soundtransit.org/Schedules.

Regular fares apply for all Sound Transit services. Getting an ORCA card is a great way to skip lines at ticket vending machines. Cards only cost $5 for adults, plus whatever amount a rider chooses to load in the card's E-purse or the cost of a pass that is good for unlimited transit trips. ORCA works on trains, buses and ferries throughout the region. More information is available at orcacard.com.