Sound Transit will add a mid-day Sounder train to its popular weekday south line service beginning Monday, Sept. 12, including stops in Auburn, Kent and Tukwila.
The new train will provide flex-schedule workers and other riders an additional travel option for bypassing highway gridlock that snarls traffic throughout the day.
The mid-day train will depart Lakewood at 10:18 a.m. and stop at all south line stations before arriving in Seattle at 11:31 a.m. The stops include 10:57 a.m. in Auburn; 11:04 a.m. in Kent; and 11:11 a.m. in Tukwila, according to a Sound Transit media release on Tuesday. The return train in the afternoon will depart King Street Station at 2:32 p.m. and arrive in Tukwila at 2:44 p.m.; Kent at 2:51 p.m.; and Auburn at 2:58 p.m.
This mid-day train will bring to 11 the number of daily trains serving the south line Monday through Friday. Eight of these trains will operate as northbound trips to Seattle starting from Lakewood at 4:41 a.m., with return trips leaving King Street Station beginning at 3:12 p.m. Two reverse-direction trains leave Seattle for Tacoma at 6:15 and 6:50 a.m. each weekday morning, and from Tacoma to Seattle at 4:30 and 5 p.m.
The new mid-day train will start as a two-car train, and increase to seven cars when nine new Sounder coaches arrive early next year.
The additional service comes as ridership on the Sounder continues growing in double digits. This year, second quarter ridership on the south line jumped 12 percent compared to the same period last year.
Voters approved four additional Sounder south line trains in the 2008 Sound Transit 2 ballot measure. Two additional peak-service trains will begin service in 2017.
A complete schedule of south line Sounder service effective Sept. 12 is available at soundtransit.org/Rider-Community/Rider-news/new-mid-day-south-line-sounder-train-starts-sept-12.