Sound Transit: New route would link Lakewood, Puyallup Sounder Stations

Sound Transit is seeking input on a proposed new express bus route to connect several park-and-ride lots with Lakewood and...

Sound Transit is seeking input on a proposed new express bus route to connect several park-and-ride lots with Lakewood and Puyallup Sounder Stations.

The new service would provide fast commuter service connecting Lakewood Station, the State Route 512 Park-and-Ride, South Hill Park-and-Ride, the Fairgrounds Red Lot and Puyallup Station. Buses would connect with every Sounder train at Puyallup and provide a connection to Sounder for Lakewood residents for all ten Sounder round trips. Buses will also connect with the “reverse-commute” trips – trains going south to Tacoma in the morning and north to Seattle in the afternoon. This will provide a new opportunity for riders from Tukwila, Kent, Auburn and Sumner to commute to Lakewood on transit.

The new route is part of the agency’s 2015 Service Implementation Plan and would go live during regularly scheduled service changes in June of 2015. Sound Transit is seeking input on the new route during a public meeting and public hearing in November. A public meeting will be held on Weds., Oct. 29, between 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Lakewood Station, located at 11424 Pacific Highway SW, First Floor, in Lakewood, Wash. A public hearing will be held on Thurs., Nov. 6, between 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m., at Sound Transit Headquarters, located at the Union Station Ruth Fisher Board Room, 401 S. Jackson St., in downtown Seattle. Input gathered will be presented to the Sound Transit Board in December as it considers the service plan during the agency’s budget development process.

A detailed summary of the route and complete Draft Service Implementation Plan are available online at soundtransit.org/SIP.

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