Sounder Grand Opening Celebration in Puyallup May 5

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A special community grand opening celebration of the Sounder commuter rail station in Puyallup will be Saturday, May 5 starting at 10:30 a.m.

The celebration will feature an art display, the Kalles Junior High School Jazz Band and Sound Transit and local officials. As part of the day's activities, a special Sounder train will depart the Puyallup Station at 11:45 a.m. to the King Street Station in Seattle for a celebration that includes a mariachi band in the Union Station courtyard. The train will be greeted by Zap Gridlock, Sound Transit's mascot. Due to the tremendous public response, the special Sounder train on May 5 is already full, but the public is invited to the celebration at the Puvallup Station. Sounder will depart the King Street Station for the return trip to Puyallup at 1:50 p.m.

Regular Sounder service began in Puyallup on Feb. 5 with two weekday round trips between Tacoma and Seattle. Trains leave Puyallup every weekday at 6:28 and 6:58 a.m. and return at 5:55 and 6:20 p.m. The Puyallup Station includes Sounder's high-tech ticket vending machines and 300 parking stalls.
The station in Puyallup is located between Meridian and Fifth streets and Main and Stewart avenues. A map of the Puyallup Station site can be found at

With seven stations open between Tacoma and Seattle, Sounder now averages more than 2,000 passengers a day, far exceeding the original ridership projections of 1,500 passengers a day.
In 2003, Sounder service is planned to extend north to Everett, Edmonds and Mukilteo and south of Tacoma to Lakewood.

Sounder's customer information line is 1-888-889-6368 and 1-888-713-6030 for TTY hearing impaired users. 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.
There are a limited number of seats on the special train for members of the media. Please RSVP Bob Wodnik at (206) 398-5332 or wodnikb , by April 30.

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