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Sound Transit unveils 'reverse commute' service

Next week, Seattle’s Sound Transit plans to add two weekday round trips on its south corridor and one on its north corridor. South corridor service will include a “reverse commute” train that’ll run from Seattle to Tacoma in the morning and return northbound in the evening.

Scheduled to begin Sept. 24, the additional runs expand Sounder service hours in both the north and south corridors, with the first train arriving at 5 a.m. and the last train making its final stop at 6:55 p.m.

To promote the reverse commute route, Sound Transit recently unveiled a special locomotive wrapped in a vintage design dubbed the “City of Destiny” train in honor of Tacoma’s motto. The wrapped locomotive will pull seven Sounder cars from Seattle to Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Sumner, Puyallup, and into Freighthouse Square, where passengers can connect with Sound Transit’s Tacoma Link light-rail service, as well as Pierce Transit and Sound Transit Express bus service.

Along with the City of Destiny reverse commute train, Sounder also will add a fifth peak-direction round-trip train each weekday between Seattle and Tacoma. On the north corridor, Sounder will add a third round-trip train between Everett and Seattle.

By 2008’s end, Sounder officials plan to run four round-trip trains in the north corridor and nine round-trip trains in the south corridor — two of which would be reverse commute trains.

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