Seattle hip-hop masters the Blue Scholars recorded an ode to Sound Transit's Sounder Train in 2012 that strikes me as a nice addition to this AM's relevant Day-before-Election-Day video round up.

What a bunch of transit nerds Geologic and Sabzi are!

"Woke up in Tacoma / now I'm going home / green scenery put me in a zone / Rainier / the mountain is the best, bro / what up Museum of Glass / what up Tacoma Dome?"

ST3 expands the Sounder commuter train service, which is operating near capacity on many trains today, by lengthening trains from seven to 10 cars to accommodate a 40 percent increase in passengers. Other Sounder upgrades, include: adding a southern extension to Joint Base Lewis–McChord  and DuPont, additional parking around stations, pedestrian and bike access improvements, and studying new connections at Orting, Bonney Lake, and Sumner.

 

 

But isn't an ST3 light rail line redundant with ST's commuter Sounder heavy rail train? Nope. Sounder serves Lakewood, Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent and Renton, with a good chunk being in the SR-167 corridor—east of I-5, connecting Lakewood north through to Renton before jogging up to Seattle. And the commuter service emphasizes peak hours, mostly running in mornings and the afternoons (with a few throughout the day, but none at night).

Under ST3, light rail will continue further south from SeaTac through Kent/Des Moines, Federal Way and Fife to Tacoma. And most important, in ST3's regionopolis vision, light rail will operate every few minutes 20 hours a day—and will have an even higher level of integration with local bus routes so transit riders in South King and Pierce can connect with trains and stay out of I-5 congestion, says ST.

 There's more on Sounder expansion and the whole ST3 plan in general in this video:

 

 

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