A few people have emailed recently to ask what’s going on for opening weekend – and hopefully, the answer is you!

It sounds like Sound Transit’s entire staff will be spread among the stations to answer questions, but with the load expected on opening day, even that will be nowhere near enough. Separately, Transportation Choices Coalition is organizing as many volunteers as they possibly can – as many as 200 – to give out information and answer questions.

I can’t think of anyone better for this job than readers of this blog. I bet half the people riding the system on opening weekend won’t even know what ST2 contains, where U Link is going, or what ORCA is – and this is our chance to inform them. The easiest thing we can do to make people excited about transit is to let them know what’s already happening.

Can you do a four hour shift to help this run smoothly? I know I will be. Email Shefali@TransportationChoices.org if you think you can – or if you just want more information.

14 Replies to “Volunteer for TCC On Opening Weekend!”

  1. They managed to get most of us on the U Link team to get out there to volunteer. Not like theres a high chance of being able to ride the Link on Saturday anyways. And you forgot to mention volunteers get a free t-shirt with Link opening weekend art on it! Also, you’re required to attend a training session.

    1. Oops, ST and TCC are doing different things. ST is having “issues” with non-ST-connected volunteers.

      1. When Sounder service started, I arranged for All Aboard Washington to serve alongside City Year and ST staff at all the Sounder stops. We also got T-shirts, and had to attend a training class, but other than that, I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to get involved. Not sure what the issues are.

      2. Any way I can volunteer directly with ST? I’m sure they could use the help and I’d love to be around for it

      3. TCC is basically doing the same thing, you’d do the same work to the same benefit volunteering with them.

    2. I REALLY don’t think they’ll have capacity issues. If they run the schedule as it would normally (every 10 minutes), there will be plenty of opportunities to ride on opening day.

      There aren’t that many soccer fans in the Rainier Valley. Also, those coming into town aren’t going to walk the extra distance to a train when they have to get a hotel room for the night. They’ll just hop on the 174. And the 174 doesn’t start serving the TC at 154th until September at the earliest.

      Honestly, there isn’t going to be a major traffic generator for the route until the line opens to the UW.

      I think what you will see is many of the people that currently take the 194 will simply revert to using the Airporter service, as they used to back in the ’90’s.

      And of course, July to September, I think you’ll find some passengers choosing the Link shuttle, but most will hop on the 194.

      We all just have to accept that the opening line is like a Corvette with a 4 cylinder engine. Cute, but no power, and nobody wants it.

      Brian Bradford
      Olympia, WA

      1. “capacity issues”

        The schedule for opening weekend is 10 am to 8 pm Saturday and 10 am to 6 pm Sunday. If Phoenix’s light rail opening earlier this year was an indicator, expect the first few hours to have very long queues after which we’ll have crowded trains. Sound Transit will run trains as frequent as possible. The SoLU Streetcar opening day was packed, I was on the third (or so) train departing Westlake and it was like a can of sardines. Opening day will attract many people who might not regularly ride the trains, like myself.

        “There aren’t that many soccer fans in the Rainier Valley”

        I don’t think that’s true. Soccer or football as most call it, is the world’s sport. The diversity of the Rainier Valley and the large immigrant population would suggest a high level of enthusiasm for soccer. I’ve seen many times in my trips down there, kids playing soccer in any open space they could find, right by the light rail line. I’ve seen on the TVs inside restaurants and shops tuned into soccer matches. I even heard the loud cheers of people during the Champions League final last week while I was buying lunch in King Plaza.

      2. I think Central Link is likely to exceed Sound Transit’s first year ridership estimates.

        I don’t think it is going to be an issue getting airport 174/194 riders to switch to link. Furthermore there are people who won’t take a bus to/from the airport who will ride link.

        I suspect you are wrong about how much of a traffic generator the stadiums will be. Plenty of sports fans all over the region. Some will ride Link to games. Also a lot of riders will use Link to get between the stadium area and places further North downtown.

      3. 194 riders–no. 174, yes. People ride the 174 because it’s a one seat ride that’s a block or two from their origin. Making them instead use Link means they have to get to one of the stations, which may be further away. Also, though it’d be much faster than the 174, it’ll cost 75 cents more off peak.

  2. I’ll be there on opening day for some time at least. I want to get a look at all the new stations.

  3. I’m bummed I won’t be in town, but I will be taking Link back from the Airport…. err, I mean the Tukwila station when I get back from my vacation.

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