Changes that affect my ride

Learn about how service changes may affect your upcoming trip.

Sounder 2021 fare change

Sound Transit approved lower Sounder fares for ORCA LIFT (low-income adult) passengers, youth (ages 6-18) and Regional Reduced Fare Permit holders (seniors age 65+ and riders with disabilities). These changes will be implemented on March 1st, 2021.

This reduction makes Sounder more accessible for these groups, and it simplifies Sound Transit's systemwide fare structure by bringing Sounder fares in line with Link light rail and ST Express bus fares for these passenger groups. The table below outlines the existing Sounder fares, which are based on distance traveled, and the new, flat fares.

Existing and new Sounder fares

  Current fares* New fares on March 1
Low-income adult** (ORCA LIFT) $2.50-$4.25 $1.50
Youth (age 6-18) $2.50-$4.25 $1.50
Senior/Disabled*** (age 65+ or qualifying disability) $1.50-$2.75 $1.00

*depending on distance traveled

** Requires ORCA LIFT.

*** Requires Regional Reduced Fare Permit.

Sounder is regional commuter rail

Map of Sounder service area

Sounder South trains (Lakewood/Tacoma–Seattle) make weekday round trips serving Lakewood, South Tacoma, Tacoma Dome, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila and Seattle. Trains run during weekday peak hours with limited reverse commute and mid-day service. 

Sounder North trains (Everett–Seattle) make weekday round trips serving Everett, Mukilteo, Edmonds and Seattle. Trains run during weekday peak hours only. 

For Sounder schedules and to plan your trip, visit our trip planner.