QUESTION: Do you plan on taking the Sounder commuter train from Lakewood once service begins Oct. 8?
At 4:42 a.m., Monday, Oct. 8, the first carrying riders north to Tacoma, Seattle and even Everett.
On Wednesday, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, Lakewood City Councilwoman Mary Moss and former Mayor Claudia Thomas started the official countdown to the station's first departure.
The moment will mark a milestone that Lakewood voters have been looking forward to for 16 years. That's when they joined voters in Pierce, King and Snohomish Counties who approved a package of Sound Transit projects to help unlock the region's gridlock.
According to Sound Transit, it will initially operate five peak-service trains that will start at the Lakewood Station, stop at South Tacoma, and proceed to the Tacoma Dome station and other stations further north.
The first northbound train will leave Lakewood at 4:42 a.m. The first afternoon train to Lakewood will leave King Street Station at 4:20 p.m. Morning and evening trains will leave every 25 minutes.
Service to Lakewood and South Tacoma will also include Sound Transit’s popular game day trains, which served more than 132,000 Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders FC fans last year. This fall, Sounder event trains will also serve Husky weekend afternoon games taking place at CenturyLink Field.