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Sounder train will make weekend trips for Mariners games

The game might stress you out, but your commute doesn’t have to

On a sunny day, a blue-and-white train runs on tracks amid low foliage with a view of a mountain in the background. Courtesy of Sound Transit

Catching the Sounder to the Mariners game doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as catching the Sounder to the Sounders game, but it works just as well.

The Sounder train will start running before and after select weekend Mariners games so folks in Everett, Lakewood, Tacoma, anyone else on the route don’t have to get behind the wheel to get into the stands.

Service for the 2019 season starts with the Sunday, March 31 game at the Boston Red Sox. The train is also scheduled to serve games April 14, April 28, May 19, June 2, June 23, July 7, July 21, July 28, August 11, and August 25.

The Sounder’s Seattle stop at King Street Station is just blocks away from Safeco Field T-Mobile Park—perhaps even closer than one could find parking.

These trips are in addition to the Sounder’s regular weekday trips, which will work just fine for weeknight games.

Riding the train into the game means not getting stuck in game day traffic, paying for parking, or weaving back out of the pedestrian traffic afterwards—or, if it’s your thing, it could mean enjoying a couple of extra gameday beers.

At the very least it prevents you from getting on the road right after a game that doesn’t go the way you hoped. Besides: What better way is there to get hyped for the game than meeting up with a whole trainful of Mariners fans before the game gets started?

For the 1:10 p.m. game on March 31, the northbound train will leave Lakewood at 10:16 a.m. Southbound trains will leave Everett at 10:45 a.m. Return trains depart from King Street Station 35 minutes after the game ends. Other game days are on similar schedules, although it’s prudent to check the schedule before you go.

Fare information is available on Sound Transit’s website. Standard adult fares range from $3.25 to $5.75, but it varies based on trip length, age, and other factors. Tickets can be bought in advance to avoid crowds.

If you live a little closer to home, the Link Light Rail will be running as usual.