Olympia WA – Starting this week, commuters will have another option to get them around the region.
Sound Transit’s Sounder rail service now operates service to and from Lakewood and south Tacoma, its new southernmost stops. Intercity Transit, Thurston County’s public transportation provider, connects with Sounder train service on weekdays at the Lakewood Station (11424 Pacific Highway SW, Lakewood) with eight Olympia Express bus trips (three northbound and five southbound). Intercity Transit and Sounder rail service also make seven bus-train weekday connections at the Tacoma Dome Station (three northbound and four southbound). See the Olympia Express/Sound Transit connections schedule.
Specifically, northbound commuters traveling on weekday mornings from the Olympia/Lacey area can hop Intercity Transit’s Olympia Express Route 605 and connect to a Sounder train at:
- Lakewood Station at 5:47, 6:12, and 6:37 a.m., and
- Tacoma Dome Station at 6:00 and 6:25 a.m.
In the afternoon, travelers can ride Intercity Transit Olympia Express Route 603 to catch the 4:25 p.m. northbound Sounder train to Seattle from the Tacoma Dome Station.
Morning commuters traveling southbound from Seattle to Lakewood can hop the Sounder and connect with Intercity Transit’s Express service to the Olympia/Lacey area at:
- Tacoma Dome Station at 7:12 and 8:12 a.m. (Route 603) and in the evening 6:47 and 7:17 p.m. (Route 605), and
- Lakewood Station at 5:57, 6:17, 6:37, 7:07 and 7:37 p.m. (on Route 605).
Intercity Transit Express service continues to make weekday connections to Sound Transit and local Pierce Transit bus service at the 512 Park & Ride lot, downtown Tacoma (10th & Commerce) as well as Lakewood Station and the Tacoma Dome Station. On weekends, Intercity Transit Express service connects with other services at the Lakewood Station, 512 Park & Ride lot, and the Tacoma Mall (weekends only).
Transit officials encourage you to contact either Intercity Transit or Sound Transit for trip planning specifics and additional information:
- Intercity Transit Customer Service: 360.786.1881 or 1.800.287.6348
- Sound Transit Customer Service: 1.888.889.6368