Sounder South

Seattle - Lakewood/Tacoma (Operated by BNSF)

Current and Proposed Service

  • September 2020: Daily weekday trips reduced from 26 to 14 in spring 2020. In September 2020, service increased to 18 daily trips, but reduced the number off-peak trips.
  • March 2021 Proposal: Maintain September 2020 service levels.
  • September 2021 Proposal: Maintain September 2020 service levels.

View the September 2020 schedule

Why are we proposing these changes?

  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we reduced Sounder South service in spring 2020 to 14 daily weekday trips. In September, we shifted the trips operating to allow for an additional four daily weekday trips to operate accommodating rebounding ridership.
  • Service on ST Express Route 578 (Seattle-Puyallup) increased to operate throughout the afternoon in the southbound direction in order to continue coverage during times that Sounder South is not operating.
  • In addition, we restored additional trips on Route 590 (Seattle-Tacoma) in September 2020, primarily in the early morning, and these would operate at higher levels in March 2021.

What does this mean for riders?

Benefits

  • More total daily trips.

Trade-offs

  • Passengers that traveled during midday, early afternoon, or in the reverse-peak direction (southbound in the morning, northbound in the afternoon) would need to use alternate routes or a different trip.

Draft Title VI evaluation

  • Disparate impact: Yes. The proposed change affects an area with a minority population of 46.0%, higher than the Sound Transit District average of 39.7%.
  • Disproportionate burden: Yes. The proposed change affects an area with a low-income population of 21.0%, higher than the Sound Transit District average of 16.4%.
  • Due to the determination of both a disparate impact and disproportionate burden, results from public input and a review of alternatives will help shape the final proposal.