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SOUNDER COMMUTER RAIL (reporting mark SDRX) is a regional rail service operated by BNSF
BNSF
on behalf of Sound Transit
Sound Transit
. Service operates Monday through Friday during peak hours from Seattle, Washington , north to Everett and south to Lakewood .

As of 2017 , schedules serve the traditional peak commutes, with most trains running inbound to Seattle
Seattle
in the morning and outbound in the afternoon. Three daily round-trips run the "reverse commute " to and from Tacoma . Additional Sounder trains operate on some Saturdays and Sundays for travel to and from Seahawks and Sounders games at CenturyLink Field
CenturyLink Field
and Mariners games at Safeco Field . Both stadiums are a short walk from King Street Station .

CONTENTS

* 1 Service history

* 1.1 North Line * 1.2 South Line

* 2 Future expansion

* 3 Fares

* 3.1 North Line * 3.2 South Line

* 4 Ridership Statistics * 5 Fleet * 6 References * 7 External links

SERVICE HISTORY

NORTH LINE

The 35-mile (56 km) Everett-to- Seattle
Seattle
line started with a Seahawks Game train on December 21, 2003. Regular service started on the 22nd with one morning train to Seattle
Seattle
and one evening train back. A second round trip train was added on June 6, 2005 to help increase ridership, a third was added in September 2007. In September 2008, an additional train was added to the line, bringing the total number to four round trips in the peak direction. There are currently three stops along the North Line: Edmonds , Mukilteo , and Everett . On May 31, 2008, service to Mukilteo station began.

Additionally, Sound Transit
Sound Transit
partners with Amtrak
Amtrak
Cascades to allow Sounder riders to use the two trains per day that Amtrak
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
Amtrak
Cascades trains do not stop at Mukilteo nor does Amtrak's Empire Builder
Empire Builder
from Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
.

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

SOUTH LINE

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 thirteen round trips on the South Line, with three operating in the reverse commute direction.

In July 2010, Sound Transit
Sound Transit
reached a new agreement with BNSF, valued at $185 million, which grants Sound Transit
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 2017.

On October 8, 2012, the extension to South Tacoma and Lakewood stations was inaugurated, with five daily round trips, all of which are in the peak direction, serving the new stations. In September 2016, a mid-day round trip was added between Lakewood and Seattle. In September 2017, two additional round trips were added, bringing the total to eight daily round trips servicing the Lakewood extension.

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 October 2015 stood at 14,500 per day.

FUTURE EXPANSION

Sound Transit
Sound Transit
plans to add additional Sounder South Line stations at Tillicum and DuPont . The track has already been constructed by Sound Transit with funding from WSDOT as part of the Amtrak
Amtrak
Cascades Point Defiance Bypass project. The construction of the stations will be funded by the Sound Transit
Sound Transit
3 ballot measure passed in 2016. The two stations are expected to open in 2036 and cost $300 million. In addition, Sound Transit
Sound Transit
plans to extend station platform lengths on the south line to accommodate trains up to ten cars in length, up from the current seven.

FARES

Sounder operates using a proof-of-payment fare system. Passengers are required to purchase a paper ticket or tap their ORCA card (and receiving a valid permit to travel) before boarding trains. Sound Transit fare inspectors or police officers randomly board trains and check for valid proof-of-payment. Passengers who are caught traveling without valid proof-of-payment are subject to a fine.

The fares for Sounder are distance-based. Passengers who pay using ORCA must tap their cards before boarding and after alighting trains. Passengers using ORCA are charged the maximum fare from the station they are traveling from and are issued a permit to travel when they tap before boarding and, if necessary, receive a refund when they tap after boarding.

Discounted fares are offered for youth, seniors and the disabled, and low-income riders qualifying for the ORCA Lift program. As of April 2017, adult fares for Sounder are as follows:

NORTH LINE

EVERETT

$3.25 MUKILTEO

$4.00 $3.75 EDMONDS

$5.00 $4.50 $4.00 SEATTLE

SOUTH LINE

LAKEWOOD

$3.25 SOUTH TACOMA

$3.50 $3.25 TACOMA

$4.00 $3.75 $3.50 PUYALLUP

$4.00 $4.00 $3.50 $3.25 SUMNER

$4.50 $4.25 $4.00 $3.50 $3.50 AUBURN

$4.75 $4.50 $4.25 $4.00 $3.75 $3.25 KENT

$5.00 $5.00 $4.50 $4.25 $4.00 $3.75 $3.25 TUKWILA

$5.75 $5.50 $5.25 $4.75 $4.75 $4.25 $4.00 $3.75 SEATTLE

RIDERSHIP STATISTICS

Data from Sound Transit.

YEAR 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

RIDERSHIP 955,298 1,268,291 1,692,971 2,156,652 2,668,623 2,492,362 2,364,290 2,543,955 2,811,891 3,035,735 3,361,317 3,812,040 4,162,641

YOY DIFF. % — 33% 34% 27% 24% -7% -5% 8% 11% 8% 11% 13% 8%

FLEET

MODEL MANUFACTURED ROAD NUMBERS NUMBER IN FLEET NOTES IMAGE

LOCOMOTIVES

EMD F59PHI 1999 901–904 4 All locomotives rebuilt with engines that meet the Tier 3 EPA standard to reduce emissions and provide fuel savings.

2000 905–906 2

2001 907–911 5

MotivePower MP40PH-3C 2012 921–923 3

CAB CARS

Bombardier BiLevel cab car 1999 101–104 4

2000 105–111 7 112–118 sold to Caltrain
Caltrain
.

2003 301–307 7

2017 321–329 9

COACHES

Bombardier BiLevel Coach
Bombardier BiLevel Coach
2000 201–213 13

2001 214–215 2

2002 216–218, 227–228, 231–240 15 219–226 ">

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Sound Transit
approves four new Seattle-Tacoma round trips". Trains Magazine. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2010. * ^ Hall, C.B. (November 21, 2012). "Sounder train gets a lackluster start in Lakewood". Crosscut. Retrieved May 2, 2017. * ^ "South Sounder line to start mid-day service in September". Seattle
Seattle
Times. August 30, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2017. * ^ "Sounder south gets better than ever with new trips starting 9/25". Sound Transit
Sound Transit
. August 24, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017. * ^ "October 2015 Ridership Summary" (PDF). www.soundtransit.org. * ^ Lynn, Adam (March 24, 2016). "Several Pierce County projects in $50 billion Sound Transit
Sound Transit
plan". The News Tribune . Retrieved December 20, 2016. * ^ "South Sounder Capital Improvements Program" (PDF). Sound Transit. July 1, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2017. * ^ "Sounder train fares". Sound Transit. Retrieved April 6, 2017. * ^ "Quarterly Ridership Report archive". Sound Transit. Retrieved April 12, 2017. * ^ "MOTION NO. M2016-123 Sounder Locomotive Overhaul Contract Amendment" (PDF). Sound Transit
Sound Transit
. December 15, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2017. * ^ A B " Sound Transit
Sound Transit
Motion No. M2001-72" (PDF). Sound Transit. * ^ "Draft 2015 Service Implementation Plan - Appendix B: Fleet Plans" (PDF). Sound Transit. p. 112. Retrieved 8 November 2014. * ^ "Sound Transit". Canadian Public Transportation Discussion Board Wiki. Retrieved 20 December 2014.

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