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Sounder southbound, all aboard

Post by David Seago on Sep. 27, 2007 at 5:41 pm |
September 27, 2007 5:41 pm

People have been waiting a long time for Sound Transit to launch its first “reverse commute” – i.e. Seattle-to-Tacoma instead of Tacoma-to-Seattle – Sounder run.

Or maybe not.

The reverse commute’s maiden voyage Monday attracted only 44 passengers from up north in the a.m. Tuesday’s ridership fell to 25 coming south. Wednesday, it was 32.

The numbers weren’t impressive, but they’ve got nowhere to go but up. The people at Sound Transit remain bullish. Linda Robson of the agency’s media relations office had this to say:

“What’s important to note is that each year for the seven years Sounder has been running, we’ve seen double digit growth, including 20 percent ridership growth since last year, and even 9 or 10 percent additional growth that we’ve retained since the I-5 construction.”

Anyway, it’s nice to know that at least some people are coming to Tacoma from Seattle and points north to work, shop, whatever, not just vice versa.

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