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Old 08-31-2010, 10:36 AM
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I am starting a job at 8am and am coming from Parkland (Tacoma). I do not want to be late and would like to hear what the realistic drive time would be from here to there during rush hour.

I also have no experience with the Sounder or bus service from here to there. Any advice on using the Sounder or bus service for this lengthy distance is also appreciated.
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:28 PM
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Depending on where in Seattle, minimum of 1 hour. I, personally, would leave 1.5 hours early. If you are really early you can go get a cup of coffee or something else. Better to be early than late for the 1st day at work.

Both Sounder bus and train work really well. You would need to look at the Sound Transit website to see which would work best for you. The Sounder train's last stop northbound is King St station (near the stadiums) and you must use some other mode of transport to get to your final destination. It can be the same for the bus. Sound Transit: Ride the Wave
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:59 PM
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My final destination would be right by Pike Street Market.
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Old 08-31-2010, 11:11 PM
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My suggestion would be to use the bus.

I just checked the "trip planner" and it takes about an hour and a half from the Parkland Transit Center to 4th and Pike. One transfer will be necessary.

Pierce Transit route #1 leaves Parkland Transit Center at 6:26 am and will arrive at the Tacoma Dome Station at 6:51 am. Sound Transit route #590 leaves the Tacoma Dome Station at 6:53 am and arrives at 4th and Union at 7:57 am.

That's cutting it close so you may want to take an earlier bus. By taking the bus, you can relax and nap, read, or get work done on the ride where driving you can't and when driving, you have to worry about parking costs. You could also use the Park and Rides to cut out the worry about making a transfer. For instance, the park and ride at Lakewood or the Tacoma Dome will have direct service on ST express buses. Parkland also has a park and ride.
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