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 www.sounder.org. For general Sound Transit information please visit the Sound Transit Web site at www.soundtransit.org/, 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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