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Ride to the races

Right out of the gate, your day at the races is better when it starts with Sound Transit. Instead of ponying up for gas and parking, just take Sound Transit to Emerald Downs.

Sounder trains

Weekend races. For an afternoon at the track watching live racing:

Special weekend service runs on select weekends in late morning from Lakewood, South Tacoma, Puyallup and Sumner to Auburn Station. Check the dates and train schedule below.

Return trips run mid-afternoon, leaving Seattle after the Mariners or Sounders game ends. An announcement will be made and information will be provided on the track's monitors giving the exact departure time for the shuttle.

Weekday races:

Try taking the new Sounder mid-day trip.

For simulcast racing fans and those who like to get there early:

Weekday commuter trains run 10 round trips Monday through Friday during early morning and late afternoon 'rush hours' with Auburn Station service to and from Lakewood, South Tacoma, Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Kent, Tukwila and Seattle. Click here for schedule.

ST Express 578

Service to and from downtown Seattle, Federal Way, Sumner and Puyallup runs all day, seven days a week. Click here for schedule.

ST Express 566

Service to and from Renton and Kent runs all day on weekdays only. Click here for schedule.

Free Pony Express shuttle                                                                                                                                                          

From the Auburn Station, you can catch Emerald Downs' free Pony Express shuttle service to the racetrack. The shuttle leaves Auburn Station hourly beginning at 9:15 a.m. daily; return trips to Auburn Station leave Emerald Downs on the hour through 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 p.m. weekends.


May 6

May 20

May 26

May 27

June 3

June 17

July 1

July 8

July 22

August 5

September 9


Emerald Downs service is based on the train schedule to Seattle/King Street Station for Mariners and Sounders games starting around 1 p.m. 

From Lakewood to Seattle

Game Start 1:00/1:10 p.m.
Lakewood 10:10 a.m.
S. Tacoma 10:15 a.m.
Tacoma 10:24 a.m.
Puyallup 10:38 a.m.
Sumner 10:42 a.m.
Auburn 10:52 a.m.

Return schedule - from Seattle/King Street Station

Return trains to Lakewood and Everett depart 35 minutes after the end of the game. An announcement will be made and information will be provided on the track's monitors giving the exact departure time for the shuttle. 


Station area map via Bing maps.


Parking is available at all Sounder train stations with the exception of King Street Station in Seattle.

Learn about parking for Sounder train stations:


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You can buy day passes for Emerald Downs service on the day of travel or in advance at station ticket vending machines.

Ticket vending machines [TVMs] issue one-way or day passes.

TVMs accept cash, E-purse, Visa or MasterCard.

ORCA cards and FlexPasses are valid.

More about Sounder fares.