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All aboard! Sit back, relax, avoid driving in traffic and get to work stress free, and on time every day. The Sounder Commuter Train runs from Lakewood to Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila, Downtown Seattle, and Everett. 



Consider catching the Tacoma Link Light Rail downtown; it’s free and runs from the Tacoma Dome Station to 9th and Commerce every 12-24 minutes.



Where to Park 

You can also ride your bike to the train and board with it. Learn more about Sound Transit’s Rules of Conduct   


In addition to the standard schedules, the Sounder also offers additional service to special events like Mariners games, Sounders FC games and the Races at Emerald Downs.  

Fares and Passes 

Using ORCA on the Sounder: Please note that Sound Transit may issue fines to riders who do not properly tap their ORCA card when riding the Sounder – be sure to tap at the beginning and end of every trip.  

Regional Reduced Fair Permits

The Sounder has free wireless internet access on many train cars. Now you can take your work with you, or take care of personal business during your commute.



Riding is stress-free and enjoyable when you know the basics. Check out these tips for new riders:

Step 1: Get connected with Sounder Information. The commuter train schedules are posted
online. You can also subscribe to Rider Alerts so you know about any changes or delays on your route.

Step 2: Head to the station. Look at the
service map to find one near you, and then click on the station map link to view a more detailed station layout.

Step 3: Pay for your fare. Look for one of the ORCA pass stations or Ticket Vending Machines. If you have an ORCA card, you must tap on by holding your ORCA card up to a reader station before boarding. Sound Transit may issue fines to riders who do no tap their ORCA cards.

Step 4: Board the Train. Find a comfortable seat on the lower or upper level of a car. If you plan on using wireless internet, make sure to check which cars offer wireless. Restrooms are available in all cars.

Step 5: Arrive at Your Destination. When you deboard, make sure you have all your belongings. If you used an ORCA card, tap off at a reader station before continuing on to your destination.


You can save some cash by riding the Sounder. Check out this calculator to see how much. Even better, if you log your trips in the Pierce Trips Calendar you can win great prizes. Check out the Campaigns page to see what you could win!


If your employer partners with Pierce Transit and you use a smart commute option to get to work, you may be eligible for a free taxi ride home in case of an emergency.Visit Pierce Trips’ Emergency Ride Home page for more information or contact your Employee Transportation Coordinator.




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Last Updated on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 01:37 PM
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