Satellite glich fixed - Sounder ticket vending machines now use credit cards from Visa and MasterCard, debit cards on-line soon

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Credit cards with a MasterCard or Visa logo can now be used to purchase most tickets for Sounder commuter rail on Sound Transit's ticket vending machines. Cash only is needed to purchase single-trip and pass upgrade tickets. The 12 ticket vending machines are on-line with the satellite that communicates with the credit card processing network and debit cards are expected to be on-line soon.

Three Sounder ticket vending machines are located at the King Street Station platform in Seattle; three at Auburn Station; five at the Tacoma Dome Station parking garage and one at Sound Transit's Union Station headquarters.

Sounder's two weekday rush-hour trains serve Tacoma, Sumner, Auburn and Seattle, leaving Tacoma at 6:20 and 6:50 in the morning and leaving Seattle in the afternoon at 5:25 and 5:45. Service will begin in Kent in November, Puyallup in February and Tukwila by next September.

Voter-approved in 1996, Sound Transit is on track to implement a three-county regional transit system plan known as Sound Move. Sound Move is a seamless blend of three transportation systems: Sounder commuter rail, running 82 miles from Everett to Tacoma/Lakewood; Link light rail, a 21-mile system connecting the cities of Seattle, Tukwila and SeaTac and a 1.6 mile system in Tacoma; and Regional Express, featuring 18 new ST Express limited stop, long-haul bus routes and numerous improvements to transit centers, park-and-ride lots and HOV lanes throughout the region.

Sounder's customer information line is 1-888-889-6368; for TTY hearing impaired users please call 1-888-713-6030 and the Sounder Web site is For general Sound Transit information please visit the Sound Transit Web site at, or call or write for more information at Sound Transit, Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104, 206-398-5000 or toll free 1-800-201-4900.

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