Back on Oct. 8, I was the first passenger on the new Lakewood-to-Seattle Sounder service. I had been looking forward to the train since I moved to Lakewood and made sure to be there the first day.
While the train ride north in the morning was just fine, Sound Transit has dropped the ball on the return trip in the afternoon. Riders of the earlier morning trains north who wish to ride the first trains south in the afternoon have been left out in the cold.
The first two southbound trains in the afternoon only go as far as the station at Freighthouse Square by the Tacoma Dome. Passengers trying to get to Lakewood are forced to find some other way of getting to Lakewood Station.
How could Sound Transit do this to its customers? The official reason is that it doesn’t have enough trains and needs the first two afternoon southbound trains to provide afternoon northbound service. All well and good, but why doesn’t it provide some other means to get passengers to Lakewood?
One idea would be to resurrect the old 599 bus route that ran from Freighthouse Square to the Lakewood station. Another thought would be to have some of the current route 590 buses that end their runs at the Tacoma Dome and then deadhead to Lakewood Station become revenue shuttles to Lakewood.
Until Sound Transit comes up with more trains (maybe next year they say), something else needs to be done