Systemwide, Sound Transit is reporting ridership increases in the third quarter, with total gains of 12 percent year-to-date and light rail ridership up by 26 percent.

Tacoma Link passenger count is up 3 percent this year, with Sounder train South service from Seattle through Kent, Auburn, Puyallup, Tacoma to Lakewood showing quarterly counts 6.4 percent higher than in the same period last year. Two additional round-trips on this line were added in September.

Sounder North service from Seattle to Everett dropped 0.2 percent in the third quarter. Full statistics from the quarterly ridership report can be found at this link.

Coming extensions — including simultaneous work to expand north, south, east and west — will dramatically expand access to congestion-free light rail service, with new stations opening every few years. In 2024 the agency is working to open extensions to Federal Way and light rail extensions are scheduled to reach Tacoma from SeaTac and other King County stops by 2030.