Special Sounder service to run from Everett to the Washington State Fair

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Sounder trains will serve fairgoers from Everett to Puyallup two Saturdays this year with free Pierce Transit bus service between Puyallup Station and the fairgrounds

Sound Transit will operate special Sounder service to the Washington State Fair on Sept. 17 and 24, making it extra easy for Puget Sound residents to avoid weekend gridlock. Special Sounder trains will service nine stations between Everett and Puyallup. Passengers can get off at Puyallup Station and hop a free Pierce Transit bus to the Fair's Red Gate.

Train schedule

Snohomish County riders will have the option of taking one of two trains to Seattle, where they will get off at King Street Station, cross the platform and board a train to Puyallup.

Trains leave Everett Station at 8:40 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. Connecting trains from King Street Station to Puyallup leave at 9:50 a.m., 10:50 a.m. and 11:50 a.m.

South line trains will stop in Tukwila, Kent, Auburn and Sumner before reaching Puyallup Station.

Three return trains from the Fair will leave Puyallup at 5:50 p.m., 6:50 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. Snohomish County riders heading to Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett will need to take one of the first two trains out of Puyallup to connect to northbound trains departing King Street Station at 6:55 p.m. and 7:55 p.m.

How to purchase your Sounder event train ticket

Riders can skip lines and save up to 20 percent on train and fair tickets by buying a Sounder Train Express Pack in advance at thefair.com/sounder. Express Packs include a round-trip train fare and State Fair admission, and are only sold online. Price is based on boarding location.

To purchase Express Packet tickets, riders can go to thefair.com/sounder, select "Buy tickets," scroll down to select "Sounder Train Express Pack - North" or "Sounder Train Express Pack – South," and follow the screen prompts. Tickets purchased online can be printed at home.

Riders also have the option of using their ORCA cards or buying train tickets at the stations. Tickets at Snohomish County Sounder stations are on sale now. The adult fare from Everett is $5.00 per rider, $4.50 from Mukilteo and $4.00 Edmonds. Snohomish County riders using ORCA need only tap their cards once in Everett, Mukilteo and Edmonds to reach Puyallup. Riders will need to tap off at Puyallup to avoid additional fare charges.

Pierce and King County riders can buy their train tickets to The Fair at stations now. Regular fares for Sounder South riders apply.

As with all Sound Transit services, fares are discounted for children, seniors and people with disabilities.

More information on special Sounder train service to the fair is available at soundtransit.org/soundertothefair.

More information about The Washington State Fair is available at http://www.thefair.com/.

Fairgoers can also take ST Express bus service. Everett residents can ride ST Express route 510 to Seattle and transfer to ST Express Route 578. More detailed bus schedule information is available at soundtransit.org/Schedules/ST-Express-Bus.

State Fair hours, admission fees and other information can be found at thefair.com.

Regular fares will apply for all Sound Transit services. ORCA and all standing transit passes will be accepted. 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 www.orcacard.com.