Sound Transit seeks feedback on Sounder South expansion

Longer trains, adding trips under consideration on Seattle to Lakewood route

  • Friday, January 24, 2020 12:45pm
  • News

Sound Transit wants feedback about its draft plan to expand capacity on the Sounder South train line.

A online open house of a draft Strategic Development and Implementation Plan is available through Feb. 6 at soundtransit.org/sounder-capacity. Sounder South runs between Seattle and Lakewood with stops in Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Sumner, Puyallup and Tacoma.

The Sound Transit 3 (ST3) measure approved by voters in 2016 provided funding for capital improvements on Sounder South. To meet growing demand over the next decade Sound Transit is considering lengthening trains and platforms to carry up to 40 percent more passengers; potentially adding weekday trips and station improvements to accommodate longer trains and more riders.

In addition to investments in capacity expansion, the agency plans to extend Sounder service to Tillicum and DuPont by 2036.

The first step is to create a strategic plan to define which expansion projects best support anticipated ridership growth and meet the agency’s future capacity needs. The Sound Transit Board of Directors will initiate planning for the first round of projects this spring. Sound Transit estimates completing all expansion improvements by 2036.

Sounder has provided reliable, traffic-free service for Puget Sound residents for nearly 20 years. As highway congestion has more than doubled across the region, commuters are looking for other transportation options. That’s why Sounder South ridership has grown nearly 30% since 2014, according to Sound Transit. During the peak commute, each train carries an average of 875 passengers.

Visitors to the fall online open house and drop-in sessions were asked for feedback about their priorities for expanding Sounder South capacity. Read details about what Sound Transit heard in the outreach summary of the draft report. The agency also heard questions from residents about reliability, amenities on trains, service frequency and parking. For responses to these topics, view the Frequently Asked Questions.

For each improvement, Sound Transit will conduct project-level planning and environmental review with partners, stakeholders, tribes and host jurisdictions to measure and mitigate potential impacts. The agency will initiate the improvements on a rolling basis starting later this year.

More in News

Senate passes Wilson bill to correct timetable for childcare payments

Another bill prohibits solitary confinement of youths

Metro describes benefits of future bus base to city leaders

King County’s population has grown by more than 2 percent every year… Continue reading

Student arrested after bringing gun to Thomas Jefferson High School

Police believe the student discarded the handgun during or at the end of a fight with another student and retrieved it again later in the day.

Schools stage Future Lions Family Fitness Night on Feb. 27

Program includes entertainment, music and activities, fitness dance instruction, games and obstacle courses

From left, social workers Tamara Liebich-Lantz and Carrie Talamaivao, SKFR Capt. Roy Smith and VRFA Firefighter Johan Friis smile for a photo in front of the CARES SUV at the Valley Regional Fire Authority Station 35. Photo courtesy of CARES
South King Fire, Valley Regional Fire CARES for the local community

The Community Assistance, Referrals and Education Services unit fills niche of emergency assistance to help South King County’s most vulnerable populations.

Seattle Police bust Auburn man for possession of illegal drugs and firearms

Seattle Police Department SWAT and narcotics detectives recently arrested a 37-year-old Auburn… Continue reading

Auburn’s local streets in good shape

Collectors and arterials, eh, not so hot

Senate passes Wilson bill to make childcare facilities gun-free zones

Childcare facilities would carry the same prohibitions on deadly weapons as K-12… Continue reading

Most Read