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Sound Transit marks 20 years of commuter-rail service

Sounder began operating two south line round-trip trains on Sept. 18, 2000.
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Sound Transit on Sept. 18 marked the 20-year anniversary of its Sounder commuter-rail service in Seattle. 

Sounder began operating two south line round-trip trains in 2000, with stops in Tacoma, Sumner, Auburn and Seattle. Service to Puyallup and Kent was added in February 2001, to Tukwila a month later, and to South Tacoma and Lakewood in 2012. North line service to Edmonds and Everett began in 2003 and to Mukilteo in 2008.

While ridership on Sound Transit services continues to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, at the end of 2019 more than 4.5 million people rode Sounder trains, Sound Transit officials said in a press release.

Sounder currently operates nine daily round trips each weekday on the south line between Lakewood and Seattle, and two daily round trips each weekday on the north line between Everett and Seattle.

To celebrate 20 years of Sounder service, Sound Transit created a commemorative ORCA fare card that will be given away via social media and other avenues when it is safe to do so.

Sound Transit partners with BNSF Railway Co., Amtrak and the Washington State Department of Transportation to provide Sounder service in the region.

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