Sound Transit is adding two new round trips to its popular south line Sounder service between Seattle and Lakewood, including stops in Tukwila, beginning Monday, Sept. 25.
The new trains will provide more choices, more capacity and more frequent departures, according to a Sound Transit media release. With the addition of these two trains, there will be 13 daily round trips on the Sounder south line in South King County and Pierce County.
During peak hours, Sounder trains will arrive as often as every 20 minutes. In the morning peak, an additional train will run between the first Lakewood departure at 4:36 a.m. and the 5:45 a.m. departure. This additional train will help ease congestion on the line’s most crowded trains.
In the afternoon, the new schedule will provide earlier service to Lakewood during the traditional peak, and reduce the gap between the first and second trains to 40 minutes. To enable this earlier departure, the 2:35 p.m. southbound train will terminate in Tacoma, with connecting express bus service from Puyallup to Lakewood. The last evening trip will depart King Street Station 10 minutes later, at 6:30 p.m.
Additionally, a third reverse-peak round trip will be added, allowing late morning travel to Tacoma and early afternoon travel to Seattle. To add capacity to the popular mid-day train Sound Transit launched last September, additional cars will be added.
The new schedule is available at soundtransit.org/blog/platform/more-sounder-south-trips-getting-ready-roll.