WTO alters tomorrow's media sneak peek of Sounder commuter trains

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Due to limited access to King Street Station during the World Trade Organization conference, the first Sounder commuter trains will be available for viewing just north of S. Holgate St. between 4th Ave. S. and Occidental Ave. S. from 1 - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Sounder commuter trains consist of bi-level passenger cars featuring comfortable high-back cloth upholstered seats with cup holders, work tables, surge-protected outlets for computers and cell phones, restrooms and areas for bicycles, and they are powered by high-performance clean diesel locomotives. Using existing Burlington Northern/Santa Fe railroad tracks, Sounder trains are projected to offer two-way rush hour service between Tacoma and Seattle in 2000 and extended service north to Everett and south to Lakewood in 2001/2002.

Along with Sounder, Sound Transit is moving forward implementing Sound Move, the regional transit plan approved by voters in 1996 that includes Link light rail between SeaTac and the Northgate Transit Center by 2006 and a 1.6 mile downtown Tacoma Link line in 2001, and Regional Express service that includes 18 new limited-stop ST Express regional bus routes and numerous improvements to transit centers, park-and-ride lots and high-occupancy vehicle lanes throughout the region.

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