Two more trips to the Mariners on Sounder

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On April 23, more than 450 Mariners fans left the hassles of driving and parking to the game behind and became a part of history by riding the very first round trip service of Sound Transit's Sounder commuter train. On May 7 and 21, Mariners fans can once again enjoy a smooth, relaxing ride to the game, when the new Sounder train will depart from Tacoma's Amtrak station at 11:30 a.m. and arrive about 50 minutes later at Seattle's King Street Station, just a short walk from Safeco Field. The Mariner Moose is scheduled to greet fans as they arrive at King Street Station.

On May 7 the Mariners play the Anaheim Angels and on May 21 the M's face off against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Both games begin at 1:35 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m fans can catch the Sounder train back to Tacoma. Should the game go into extra innings, Sounder tickets are good for a free ride on Sound Transit's ST Express buses. Free parking in Tacoma is available at the Tacoma Dome Station.

Round trip tickets are $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and persons with disabilities. Kids aged 12 and under ride free. Tickets for Sounder rides can be purchased the week prior to the games at Pierce Transit's Bus Shop locations. Ticket quantities are limited. Some tickets will held for sale on the day of the event at the Tacoma Dome station starting at 9 a.m. Hours for ticket sales are as follows:

Tacoma Dome Station: Monday to Friday, 5 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Downtown Bus Shop: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lakewood Bus Shop: Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sounder trains will begin providing regular rush hour commuter service between Tacoma and Seattle this fall. The two-level passenger cars feature comfortable seats, restrooms, cupholders, water fountains, work tables, protected outlets for laptop computers and storage areas for bicycles, wheelchairs and strollers. Construction has already begun on some of the commuter rail stations, which will be located in Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, and Tukwila. The service is planned to expand in 2001/2002 south to Lakewood and north to Everett.

Sounder commuter rail is one part of Sound Move, the voter-approved plan to bring Link light rail and ST Express bus service to King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. For more information on Sounder's special Mariners game service, please call Sound Transit at 1-800-201-4900 or check the Sound Transit Web site at

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