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9/1/2017



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Sound Transit to add commuter trains, hold meetings on light-rail extension


The new trains will help boost capacity and frequency during peak times, according to the agency.
Photo – Sound Transit

Sound Transit on Sept. 25 will add two new round-trip trains on the Sounder South Line service between Seattle and Lakewood, Washington.

The extra trains will bring the total number of daily round trips on the South Line to 13. The added service will help boost capacity and frequency during peak times, agency officials said in a press release.

Sound Transit also plans to tack on additional cars to its midday Sounder train that launched in September 2016. The new midday train has exceeded agency expectations, with 350 average boardings on a two-car trainset, according to the agency's blog.

Meanwhile, Sound Transit yesterday announced it will host public meetings Sept. 13 and Sept. 16 to present information on the proposed 7.8-mile Federal Way light-rail extension. Locals also may provide input on three future stations for the extension.

Construction on the Federal Way project is slated to begin in 2019. As a result, Sound Transit is entering the next phase of the project, which includes securing a contractor to design and build the alignment and station areas.



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