This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

Starting September 24:

And service will soon get better. On Sept. 24, Sound Transit will add its first “reverse commute” train leaving Seattle at 6:10 a.m. and arriving at Tacoma Dome Station an hour later. At the same time, the agency will add a fifth northbound morning train leaving Tacoma.

By the end of 2008, seven commuter trains will leave Tacoma for Seattle on weekdays – up from four currently – and two will leave Seattle for Tacoma. And the agency hopes to extend Sounder service to Lakewood by 2011.

If voters approve a regional roads and transit measure in November, other improvements to rail and bus service will be forthcoming. Among other things, the $17.7 billion package would extend light rail from SeaTac Airport to Tacoma.

That’s actually a pretty decent amount of trains to run on leased track.