Lakewood to Seattle
Lakewood South
Puyallup Sumner Auburn Kent Tukwila Seattle
4:42 a.m. 4:47 a.m. 4:55 a.m. 5:07 a.m. 5:12 a.m. 5:20 a.m. 5:27 a.m. 5:34 a.m. 5:54 a.m.
5:22 a.m. 5:27 a.m. 5:35 a.m. 5:47 a.m. 5:52 a.m. 6:01 a.m. 6:08 a.m. 6:15 a.m. 6:34 a.m.
5:47 a.m. 5:52 a.m. 6:00 a.m. 6:12 a.m. 6:17 a.m. 6:26 a.m. 6:33 a.m. 6:40 a.m. 6:59 a.m.
6:12 a.m. 6:17 a.m. 6:25 a.m. 6:37 a.m. 6:42 a.m. 6:51 a.m. 6:58 a.m. 7:05 a.m. 7:24 a.m.
6:37 a.m. 6:42 a.m. 6:50 a.m. 7:02 a.m. 7:07 a.m. 7:16 a.m. 7:23 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 7:49 a.m.
: : 7:20 a.m. 7:32 a.m. 7:37 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 7:52 a.m. 7:59 a.m. 8:19 a.m.
: : 8:00 a.m. 8:12 a.m. 8:17 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 8:32 a.m. 8:39 a.m. 8:59 a.m.
: : 4:25 p.m. 4:37 p.m. 4:42 p.m. 4:50 p.m. 4:57 p.m. 5:04 p.m. 5:23 p.m.
: : 5:00 p.m. 5:12 p.m. 5:17 p.m. 5:25 p.m. 5:32 p.m. 5:39 p.m. 5:58 p.m.
Seattle to Lakewood
Seattle Tukwila Kent Auburn Sumner Puyallup Tacoma
6:10 a.m. 6:22 a.m. 6:29 a.m. 6:36 a.m. 6:45 a.m. 6:49 a.m. 7:08 a.m. : :
6:50 a.m. 7:02 a.m. 7:09 a.m. 7:16 a.m. 7:25 a.m. 7:29 a.m. 7:48 a.m. : :
3:15 p.m. 3:27 p.m. 3:34 p.m. 3:41 p.m. 3:50 p.m. 3:54 p.m. 4:14 p.m. : :
3:50 p.m. 4:02 p.m. 4:09 p.m. 4:16 p.m. 4:25 p.m. 4:29 p.m. 4:49 p.m. : :
4:20 p.m. 4:32 p.m. 4:39 p.m. 4:46 p.m. 4:56 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:12 p.m. 5:20 p.m. 5:32 p.m.
4:45 p.m. 4:57 p.m. 5:04 p.m. 5:11 p.m. 5:21 p.m. 5:25 p.m. 5:37 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:57 p.m.
5:12 p.m. 5:24 p.m. 5:31 p.m. 5:38 p.m. 5:48 p.m. 5:52 p.m. 6:04 p.m. 6:12 p.m. 6:24 p.m.
5:40 p.m. 5:52 p.m. 5:59 p.m. 6:06 p.m. 6:16 p.m. 6:20 p.m. 6:32 p.m. 6:40 p.m. 6:52 p.m.
6:15 PM 6:27 p.m. 6:34 p.m. 6:41 p.m. 6:50 p.m. 6:54 p.m. 7:06 p.m. 7:14 p.m. 7:26 p.m.

A week after all the other weekday service switches to the Fall schedule, Sounder’s South Tacoma and Lakewood stations will begin revenue service.

The 72-minute trip will cost $5.25/$3.75/$2.50 for adults/youth/reduced fare permits. The South Tacoma fare is 25 cents cheaper for adults. Special event trains will serve both stations.

There will be a ribbon cutting and free rides on Saturday, the 6th, at both stations and Tacoma Dome.

23 Replies to “Sounder to Reach Lakewood Oct. 8th”

  1. kSomebody might want to give ST’s Trip Planner a heads up on the new service. Right now for Oct 9th it says “Unable to find a Route..”

    1. Good question. Though ST website does not mention it – Passport will cover the extended Sounder service. Passport is valid for full fares.

  2. The schedule strikes me as a little odd—the trains from Lakewood in the morning are the earliest, and the ones to Lakewood in the afternoon are the latest. Thus, people commuting from Lakewood are expected to work the longest days? In other words, the guy catching the first train out of Lakewood has to stay in Seattle for 10 hours and 25 minutes before he can get home.

    1. If you look closely you’ll notice that the peak-direction trains starting/terminating at Tacoma are the same ones that do the reverse-peak service. To send those trains to Lakewood instead, ST would have to either cancel the reverse-peak run or add another train.

    2. I also don’t understand how anyone in a white-collar job can ever leave work before about 6 p.m. on a regular basis, but maybe that’s just my industry… 10 1/2 hour days for me are the nice ones.

      1. + 1 — the last trip being at 6:15 is pretty crazy. I can’t remember the last time I left work before 6:15

      2. Don’t get me started on how badly this country’s economy has gotten messed up.

        Well, OK, you already did. :-) Companies don’t hire extra workers because of the cost of “benefits” (most of which really ought to be public services) — they use overtime instead — and then “exempt”, salaried positions are used as an excuse to not pay overtime.

        I know someone who refused a “promotion” from a wage-earning to a salaried job (doing the same work) because she would effectively have been paid less — better to get time-and-a-half.

      3. I start work at 6:00am and leave at 2:30pm every day.. of course, I’m a Boeing engineer so not exactly your typical white collar job.

    3. That’s because the first two trips are also the reverse-peak and last two peak direction trips. There’s not enough time in the schedule for them to go back to Lakewood and turn around. So they’re turned around at Tacoma Dome. There might also be an issue with train meets in the single track section south of Tacoma Dome.

      Another consequence of this is that there is no reverse-peak service to Lakewood and South Tacoma. Hopefully, they’ll figure out something better when the next round trip is added in 2013.

      1. There’s nowhere to meet trains south of L Street in Tacoma; Lakewood Layover Yard isn’t designed to function as a passing siding and only has a power switch on the south end (at 100th Street) to facilitate moves between the yard and Lakewood Station. WSDOT’s Point Defiance Bypass project will add a second main track between S 66th Street and Bridgeport Way, and the “Prairie Jct.” crossover between 100th & 108th Streets could facilitate meets between Sounder trains if the stringline schedules permit such moves (that track will primarily be necessary for Amtrak trains to meet/pass Sounder or other Amtrak trains).

      2. I doubt there would be any significant ridership on reverse-peak service south of Tacoma. Getting all of the peak-direction trips to Lakewood is the real challenge here.

    4. I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing split-mode ridership, specifically people who might take the 592 northbound and Sounder southbound. If I lived in Lakewood and worked in Seattle from, say, 8:30a-5p, I’d catch a 7:05 592 rather than the last Sounder at 6:37a, but I’d still take the 5:12 or 5:40 Sounder home. The scheduled time penalty for northbound Sounder viz. 592 is 11 minutes (72 vs. 61) while for southbound it’s only 3 minutes (72 vs. 69).

  3. I wonder how many people will utilize the Lakewood to Tacoma segment? It seems like a relatively fast way to make that journey.

    1. I could see throwing a DMU on between Tacoma Dome and Lakewood if the volume of riders was large enough, and the siding mentioned above was built.
      Might also be a good location to prove out DMU service to other agencies in the state

  4. Lakewood Station is not far from McChord Field/JBLM. Seems like there would be a market there for a “reverse commute” pattern. Anc, what do you think?

    1. Not really. First, you would need a shuttle from Lakewood Station to JBLM. The JBLM itself is huge and, once you enter the premises, the shuttle would have turn into a milk run, which would spend half an hour going to the front door of every building before it gets to yours. Furthermore, I think every vehicle that enters the premises needs to be approved by the military, which means the military, itself, would have to decide to want it (and when a parking space for everyone is already a sunk cost, there’s no reason for them to bother).

      Then, virtually every reverse trip to JBLM would be a 3-seat ride. Bus to downtown Seattle, train to Lakewood, shuttle to work – a 2 hour+ trip, door to door, each way. A few might do it, but you’d need a critical mass in order to justify paying for the shuttle and I’m skeptical that such a critical mass would exist.

      1. I grew up there as a military brat. Base transit was as good or better in 1970 as it is now. For decades it wasn’t a big deal so nothing happened. I-5 backups just didn’t happen back in the 70’s. Things have changed with base closures bringing more people to JBLM and the area in general getting more dense (with no more lanes). Bike lanes on base are pretty darn good. Transit is lacking but one thing the military can do is change course quickly. Good transit conections from the north I think would spur the brass to “make it happen”.

      2. Under this CIC, the military has made significant efforts at energy savings. Transit is certainly one way to meet this goal.

        Obviously a Dupont connection would be closer to JBLM’s main gates but Lakewood is a start. Considering what the cost of gas is these days, I would bet soldiers and airmen who have to commute from King County would appreciate a cheaper way to do it.

      3. Camp Pendleton has an all-day city bus from Oceanside that goes through the base and out another side. Great Lakes (north of Chicago) has a Metra station just outside.

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