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Everett to Seattle Sounder Commuter Train
Everett to Seattle Sounder Commuter Train
::2008/04/27::
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SOUNDER Commuter trains @ Sumner & Tacoma, WA
SOUNDER Commuter trains @ Sumner & Tacoma, WA
::2009/11/09::
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Sounder Commuter Rail Ride Pierce/King County Line
Sounder Commuter Rail Ride Pierce/King County Line
::2010/04/29::
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Railroad Profile: Sounder Commuter Rail
Railroad Profile: Sounder Commuter Rail
::2011/04/19::
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Rider Profile #1 - Sounder Commuter Rail
Rider Profile #1 - Sounder Commuter Rail
::2008/09/16::
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Sounder Commuter Rail Ride into Seattle
Sounder Commuter Rail Ride into Seattle
::2010/04/29::
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Sound Transit Sounder Commuter Rail - Tacoma to Seattle
Sound Transit Sounder Commuter Rail - Tacoma to Seattle
::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
::2009/12/22::
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Sounder Commuter Rail - Lakewood Extension Grand Opening
Sounder Commuter Rail - Lakewood Extension Grand Opening
::2012/10/13::
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Sounder Commuter Rail Action at Sumner, WA 7-31-13
Sounder Commuter Rail Action at Sumner, WA 7-31-13
::2013/08/28::
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Amtrak P42 on Sounder Commuter Rail
Amtrak P42 on Sounder Commuter Rail
::2012/08/06::
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Sound Transit Sounder Commuter Rail Overview
Sound Transit Sounder Commuter Rail Overview
::2008/10/03::
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Sounder Commuter Rail arriving Tacoma Dome Station
Sounder Commuter Rail arriving Tacoma Dome Station
::2011/12/13::
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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!!
::2011/11/23::
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SOUNDER commuter trains @ Black River Junction
SOUNDER commuter trains @ Black River Junction
::2013/12/22::
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Sounder Commuter Train Music Video
Sounder Commuter Train Music Video
::2010/06/26::
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SOUNDER Commuter Train #1517 through Auburn, WA
SOUNDER Commuter Train #1517 through Auburn, WA
::2013/03/23::
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Railfanning at Auburn Sounder Commuter Train Station 11/27/2013
Railfanning at Auburn Sounder Commuter Train Station 11/27/2013
::2013/11/28::
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SOUNDER Commuter Trains through Kent.
SOUNDER Commuter Trains through Kent.
::2010/12/04::
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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
::2012/08/14::
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Train Meet. BNSF & SOUNDER Commuter Train - Auburn, WA
Train Meet. BNSF & SOUNDER Commuter Train - Auburn, WA
::2013/03/16::
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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
::2010/05/01::
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Sounder Train Rush Hour! 8 Fast Trains in 2 Minutes!
Sounder Train Rush Hour! 8 Fast Trains in 2 Minutes!
::2014/04/08::
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SOUNDER Commuter Train with Friendly Engineer
SOUNDER Commuter Train with Friendly Engineer
::2013/04/27::
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SOUNDER Commuter Train with F59PHI between Kent-Tukwila
SOUNDER Commuter Train with F59PHI between Kent-Tukwila
::2012/08/18::
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SOUNDER Commuter train #1505 in Kent, WA
SOUNDER Commuter train #1505 in Kent, WA
::2008/07/23::
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SOUNDER Commuter Train SB-#1511 F59PHI-902, Kent, WA
SOUNDER Commuter Train SB-#1511 F59PHI-902, Kent, WA
::2012/03/04::
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Train Meet - Two SOUNDER Commuter trains
Train Meet - Two SOUNDER Commuter trains
::2010/07/04::
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SOUNDER Commuter train, Seattle-Tacoma
SOUNDER Commuter train, Seattle-Tacoma
::2010/05/10::
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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
::2013/03/17::
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Train Meet - SOUNDER Commuter Trains
Train Meet - SOUNDER Commuter Trains
::2010/05/20::
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Sounder Commuter Train departing Mukilteo, WA. 9/28/09
Sounder Commuter Train departing Mukilteo, WA. 9/28/09
::2009/07/30::
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Sounder Commuter Train
Sounder Commuter Train
::2013/12/05::
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Seattle Sounder Commuter Train
Seattle Sounder Commuter Train
::2013/07/11::
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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)
::2012/03/26::
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Sounder commuter train at Coach Wye, Seattle, 12-31-2010
Sounder commuter train at Coach Wye, Seattle, 12-31-2010
::2011/01/30::
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3-20-12 Sounder Commuter Train Departs Kent, WA
3-20-12 Sounder Commuter Train Departs Kent, WA
::2012/03/21::
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Sounder commuter train departs Auburn, WA for Seattle
Sounder commuter train departs Auburn, WA for Seattle
::2011/04/29::
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Train Meet - 2 SOUNDER Commuter Trains
Train Meet - 2 SOUNDER Commuter Trains
::2010/07/04::
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Sounder Commuter Train #1706 Departing Edmonds, WA with a Friendly Chat with Engineer Dennis
Sounder Commuter Train #1706 Departing Edmonds, WA with a Friendly Chat with Engineer Dennis
::2011/08/20::
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Sounder commuter train with engines at both ends
Sounder commuter train with engines at both ends
::2009/12/28::
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Sounder commuter train nearing Picnic Point
Sounder commuter train nearing Picnic Point
::2012/04/24::
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SOUNDER Commuter train #1503 in Kent, WA
SOUNDER Commuter train #1503 in Kent, WA
::2008/07/18::
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HO Scale Sounder Commuter train
HO Scale Sounder Commuter train
::2008/09/14::
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Sounder commuter train warns trespassers at Picnic Point
Sounder commuter train warns trespassers at Picnic Point
::2011/04/11::
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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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Seattle Sounder Commuter Train
Seattle Sounder Commuter Train
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Sounder Commuter Train Leaving Downtown Seattle
Sounder Commuter Train Leaving Downtown Seattle
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Sounder Commuter Train 1705 Departing Everett
Sounder Commuter Train 1705 Departing Everett
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SOUNDER Commuter Trains, Seattle @ Coach Wye
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Sounder Commuter Rail
Sound Transit logo.svg
Sounder Commuter Rail 01.jpg
Overview
Owner Sound Transit
Locale Puget Sound, Washington
King County, Washington
Pierce County, Washington
Snohomish County, Washington
Transit type Commuter rail
Number of lines 2
Number of stations 12
Daily ridership 11,702 (2013 Q4 Weekday)[1]
Annual ridership 2,811,891 (2012)[2]
Operation
Began operation December 21, 2003 (North line)
September 18, 2000 (South line)
Operator(s) BNSF Railway
Reporting marks SDRX
Technical
System length 82 miles (132 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.[3] 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.[4] 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,[5] 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.[5]

On October 8, 2012, the extension to South Tacoma and Lakewood stations was inaugurated,[6] with five daily round trips, all of which are in the peak direction, serving the new stations.[7]

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 [8]

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.[9][10]

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.[11] and remains about the same in 2013. The North line has been prone to frequent cancellation due to mudslides throughout its history [12] though WSDOT has begun construction to remedy the problem [13]

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 relocation 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 [3] 1999–2001 901 - 911 11 Sounder Commuter Train 2004-03-05.jpg
MotivePower MP40PH-3C[14][15] 2012 921 - 923 3 all delivered by March 2013 [16]
Cab Cars
Bombardier BiLevel Cab Car [3] 1999–2001 101 - 118 18 104, 106-108 leased to Metrolink SDRX228.jpg
Coaches
Bombardier BiLevel Coach [3] 1999–2001 201 - 240 40 210, 213, 231, 232, 237-240 leased to Metrolink SDRX105.jpg

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