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Sounder commuter rail at Kent station 2014.7
Sounder commuter rail at Kent station 2014.7
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Sounder Commuter Rail Ride Pierce/King County Line
Sounder Commuter Rail Ride Pierce/King County Line
DATE: 2010/04/29::
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Railroad Profile: Sounder Commuter Rail
Railroad Profile: Sounder Commuter Rail
DATE: 2011/04/19::
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Everett to Seattle Sounder Commuter Train
Everett to Seattle Sounder Commuter Train
DATE: 2008/04/27::
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Sound Transit Sounder Commuter Rail Overview
Sound Transit Sounder Commuter Rail Overview
DATE: 2008/10/03::
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Sound Transit Sounder Commuter Rail - Tacoma to Seattle
Sound Transit Sounder Commuter Rail - Tacoma to Seattle
DATE: 2010/01/09::
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Buy a Central Link light rail or Sounder commuter rail ticket at a ticket vending machine
Buy a Central Link light rail or Sounder commuter rail ticket at a ticket vending machine
DATE: 2009/12/22::
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Sounder Commuter Rail trains arrive at Kent Station
Sounder Commuter Rail trains arrive at Kent Station
DATE: 2014/09/26::
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Sounder Commuter Rail - Lakewood Extension Grand Opening
Sounder Commuter Rail - Lakewood Extension Grand Opening
DATE: 2012/10/13::
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Rider Profile #1 - Sounder Commuter Rail
Rider Profile #1 - Sounder Commuter Rail
DATE: 2008/09/16::
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Sounder commuter rail at Kent station 2014.7 (2)
Sounder commuter rail at Kent station 2014.7 (2)
DATE: 2014/08/15::
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RAW Video: Sounder Commuter Train #1702 at Edmonds, WA without Station Stop!!
RAW Video: Sounder Commuter Train #1702 at Edmonds, WA without Station Stop!!
DATE: 2011/11/23::
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Sounder Commuter Rail Ride into Seattle
Sounder Commuter Rail Ride into Seattle
DATE: 2010/04/29::
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SOUNDER Commuter Train F59PHI @ Spokane St. R/R crossing, Seattle, WA
SOUNDER Commuter Train F59PHI @ Spokane St. R/R crossing, Seattle, WA
DATE: 2012/08/15::
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Train Meet - 2 SOUNDER Commuter Trains
Train Meet - 2 SOUNDER Commuter Trains
DATE: 2010/07/04::
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Sounder Commuter Train Music Video
Sounder Commuter Train Music Video
DATE: 2010/06/26::
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Deadhead Sounder Commuter Train making unscheduled stop at Edmonds, WA. 08/28/2014.
Deadhead Sounder Commuter Train making unscheduled stop at Edmonds, WA. 08/28/2014.
DATE: 2014/08/28::
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Sounder Commuter Rail arriving Tacoma Dome Station
Sounder Commuter Rail arriving Tacoma Dome Station
DATE: 2011/12/13::
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SOUNDER Commuter trains @ Sumner & Tacoma, WA
SOUNDER Commuter trains @ Sumner & Tacoma, WA
DATE: 2009/11/09::
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SOUNDER Commuter Train #1517 through Auburn, WA
SOUNDER Commuter Train #1517 through Auburn, WA
DATE: 2013/03/23::
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SOUNDER commuter trains @ Black River Junction
SOUNDER commuter trains @ Black River Junction
DATE: 2013/12/22::
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SOUNDER Commuter train #1503 in Kent, WA
SOUNDER Commuter train #1503 in Kent, WA
DATE: 2008/07/18::
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SOUNDER Commuter train #1505 in Kent, WA
SOUNDER Commuter train #1505 in Kent, WA
DATE: 2008/07/23::
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Sounder commuter train northbound to Seattle for a Seahawks game
Sounder commuter train northbound to Seattle for a Seahawks game
DATE: 2010/09/05::
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Railfanning at Auburn Sounder Commuter Train Station 11/27/2013
Railfanning at Auburn Sounder Commuter Train Station 11/27/2013
DATE: 2013/11/28::
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Interior K5LA Horn from Sounder Commuter Train Cab Car #304 (Terms of Use in Description)
Interior K5LA Horn from Sounder Commuter Train Cab Car #304 (Terms of Use in Description)
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SOUNDER Commuter Trains through Kent.
SOUNDER Commuter Trains through Kent.
DATE: 2010/12/04::
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Sounder commuter train warns trespassers at Picnic Point
Sounder commuter train warns trespassers at Picnic Point
DATE: 2011/04/11::
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Sounder commuter train with engines at both ends
Sounder commuter train with engines at both ends
DATE: 2009/12/28::
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Onboard Sounder Commuter Train
Onboard Sounder Commuter Train's Puyallup Fair Special 09/21/2014
DATE: 2014/09/21::
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(HD) Sounder Commuter train arriving Edmonds,Wa
(HD) Sounder Commuter train arriving Edmonds,Wa
DATE: 2014/08/03::
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Riding Sounder Commuter Train #1707 from Mukilteo to Seattle 03/23/2012
Riding Sounder Commuter Train #1707 from Mukilteo to Seattle 03/23/2012
DATE: 2013/03/17::
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Sounder commuter train departs Auburn, WA for Seattle
Sounder commuter train departs Auburn, WA for Seattle
DATE: 2011/04/29::
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Sounder Commuter Train #1707 at Carkeek Park in Seattle, WA. 12/09/2014
Sounder Commuter Train #1707 at Carkeek Park in Seattle, WA. 12/09/2014
DATE: 2014/12/09::
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HiDef Everett, WA Station-Sounder WB Commuter Train At 05:45 HRS
HiDef Everett, WA Station-Sounder WB Commuter Train At 05:45 HRS
DATE: 2010/05/01::
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Sounder commuter train at Coach Wye, Seattle, 12-31-2010
Sounder commuter train at Coach Wye, Seattle, 12-31-2010
DATE: 2011/01/30::
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Sounder Commuter Train #1700 Departing Edmonds, WA on 4/22/2011
Sounder Commuter Train #1700 Departing Edmonds, WA on 4/22/2011
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Train Meet. BNSF & SOUNDER Commuter Train - Auburn, WA
Train Meet. BNSF & SOUNDER Commuter Train - Auburn, WA
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Train Meet - SOUNDER Commuter Trains
Train Meet - SOUNDER Commuter Trains
DATE: 2010/05/21::
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Westbound Sounder Commuter Train #1707 at Edmonds, WA. 10/07/2014
Westbound Sounder Commuter Train #1707 at Edmonds, WA. 10/07/2014
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SOUNDER Commuter Train with Friendly Engineer
SOUNDER Commuter Train with Friendly Engineer
DATE: 2013/04/27::
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SOUNDER Commuter Train SB-#1511 F59PHI-902, Kent, WA
SOUNDER Commuter Train SB-#1511 F59PHI-902, Kent, WA
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Sounder Commuter Train departing Mukilteo, WA. 9/28/09
Sounder Commuter Train departing Mukilteo, WA. 9/28/09
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HiDef WB Sounder Commuter Train Leaves Everett Station At 06:15 HRS
HiDef WB Sounder Commuter Train Leaves Everett Station At 06:15 HRS
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SOUNDER Commuter train F59PHI-901, Seattle
SOUNDER Commuter train F59PHI-901, Seattle
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Sounder Commuter Train #1702 at Edmonds, WA. 06/13/2014
Sounder Commuter Train #1702 at Edmonds, WA. 06/13/2014
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Seattle Sounder Commuter Train
Seattle Sounder Commuter Train
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Sounder Commuter Train with F59PHI Leading at MP 26.4X (Sumner, Wash).
Sounder Commuter Train with F59PHI Leading at MP 26.4X (Sumner, Wash).
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SOUNDER Commuter Trains, Seattle @ Coach Wye
SOUNDER Commuter Trains, Seattle @ Coach Wye
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SOUNDER Commuter Train with F59PHI between Kent-Tukwila
SOUNDER Commuter Train with F59PHI between Kent-Tukwila
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Sounder
Sound Transit Sounder logo.svg
Sounder Commuter Rail 01.jpg
Two Sounder trainsets at King Street Station in Seattle
Overview
Owner Sound Transit
Locale Seattle metropolitan area
Transit type Commuter rail
Line number 2
Number of stations 12
Daily ridership 12,694[1]
Annual ridership 3,361,317 (2014)[1]
Website Sounder Rider Guide
Operation
Began operation September 18, 2000 (2000-09-18) (South Line)
December 26, 2003 (2003-12-26) (North Line)
Operator(s) BNSF Railway
Reporting marks SDRX
Technical
System length 83 mi (134 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
System map

Sounder commuter rail (reporting mark SDRX) is a regional rail service operated by BNSF on behalf of Sound Transit.[2] Service operates Monday through Friday during peak hours from Seattle, Washington, north to Everett and south to Lakewood. As of 2011, schedules serve the traditional peak commutes, with most trains running inbound to Seattle in the morning and outbound in the afternoon. Two daily round-trips run the "reverse commute" to and from Tacoma.[3] Additional Sounder trains operate on some Saturdays and Sundays for travel to and from Seahawks and Sounders games at CenturyLink Field and Mariners games at Safeco Field. Both stadiums are a short walk from King Street Station.

Service history[edit]

South Line[edit]

The South Line began service with two round trip trains on September 18, 2000 with stops in Tacoma, Sumner and Auburn that terminated in Seattle. Puyallup and Kent stations were added February 5, 2001; with Tukwila being added March 12, 2001. There are currently nine round trips on the South Line,[4] with two operating in the reverse commute direction. This is the maximum number of trains permitted under Sound Transit's original contract with BNSF, whose tracks the trains run on.

In July 2010, Sound Transit reached a new agreement with BNSF, valued at $185 million, which grants Sound Transit permanent access to the South Line corridor, as well as allowing four more daily round trips to begin, starting in 2012 and continuing through 2015.[4]

On October 8, 2012, the extension to South Tacoma and Lakewood stations was inaugurated,[5] with five daily round trips, all of which are in the peak direction, serving the new stations.[6]

The average weekday ridership in 2010 on the South Line was 8,300, down 7% from 2009 due to continued low employment in Downtown Seattle. Since then the average ridership has increased and as of 2013 stood at 9,500 per day [7]

North Line[edit]

The 35 miles (56 km) Everett to Seattle line started with a Seahawks Game train on December 21, 2003. Regular service started on the 22nd with one morning train to Seattle and one evening train back. A second round trip train was added on June 6, 2005 to help increased ridership, a third was added in September 2007 and there are now four. There are currently three stops along the North Line: Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett. On May 31, 2008 the Mukilteo station opened and trains started stopping at the station.[8][9]

In September 2008, an additional train was added to the line, bringing the total number to four round trips in the peak direction. Additionally, Sound Transit partners with Amtrak Cascades to allow Sounder riders to use the two trains per day that Amtrak Cascades operates to Bellingham, WA and Vancouver, BC through the RailPlus program. This allows commuters to use the Sounder fare structure between Everett and Seattle. The program is available only to riders who use monthly passes. The Amtrak Cascades trains do not stop at Mukilteo.

Weekday ridership on the North Line was roughly 1,100 in 2010.[10] and remains about the same in 2013. The North line has been prone to frequent cancellation due to mudslides throughout its history [11] though WSDOT has begun construction to remedy the problem [12]

Future planning[edit]

Amtrak Cascades will also benefit from this project, as it is an integral part in the Point Defiance Bypass route currently planned by WSDOT.

Due to the passage of 2008's regional Proposition 1, platform length extensions, up to four additional South Line round trips, and potential stations at Ballard and Broad Street on the North Line are in planning.

Edmonds Station renovation includes a new east platform with larger passenger loading area and weather protected passenger shelter. The parking area will be updated, improved lighting will cover the platforms and parking, secure bike storage will be available and public art is ready for installation. The project will also construct a transit center at the north end of the station to accommodate Community Transit bus service with two passenger shelters and three bus bays. Once a second mainline has been added by the railway in the future, a new west platform will be constructed and the north portion of the east platform will be completed. This project is currently underway and expected to complete in early 2011.

Fleet[edit]

Model Manufactured Road Numbers Number In Fleet Notes Image
Locomotives
EMD F59PHI 1999 901-904 4 Sounder Commuter Train 2004-03-05.jpg
2000 905-906 2
2001 907-911 5
MotivePower MP40PH-3C 2012 921-923 3 Sounder -923 at Everett Station.jpg
Cab Cars
Bombardier BiLevel Cab Car 1999 101-104 4 SDRX105.jpg
2000 105-111 7 112-118 sold to Caltrain.[13]
2003 301-307 7
2014 (308-310) (3) Planned purchase.
Coaches
Bombardier BiLevel Coach 2000 201-213 13 SDRX228.jpg
2001 214-215 2
2002 216-218, 227-228, 231-240 15 219-226 & 229-230 sold to Caltrain.[13]
2003 401-410 10
2014 (411-414) (4) Planned purchase.
2015 (415-421) (3) Planned purchase.
Sources (unless noted otherwise):[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fourth Quarter 2014 Service Delivery Quarterly Performance Report (PDF) (Report). Sound Transit. February 26, 2015. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Sounder Commuter Rail Train Specifications". Sound Transit. 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  3. ^ Sound Transit: Sounder Commuter Rail Schedules
  4. ^ a b "Sound Transit approves four new Seattle-Tacoma round trips". Trains Magazine. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "August 2013 Ridership Summary" (PDF). www.soundtransit.org. 
  8. ^ Pesznecker, Scott (May 31, 2008). "Sounder begins service to Mukilteo today". Everett Herald (Everett Herald). Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  9. ^ "Mukilteo Station". Sound Transit. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  10. ^ 2011 SIP, page 26
  11. ^ "Mudslides continue to plague rail traffic north of Seattle". 
  12. ^ "Work starts on landslide solutions for Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor". 
  13. ^ a b "Sound Transit Motion No. M2001-72" (PDF). Sound Transit. 
  14. ^ "Draft 2015 Service Implementation Plan - Appendix B: Fleet Plans" (PDF). Sound Transit. p. 112. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Sound Transit". Canadian Public Transportation Discussion Board Wiki. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 

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