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Sound Transit Express (ST Express) is the major bus transit system that serves as part of the Sound Transit network. The Seattle, Washington-based agency oversees the service, which provides inter-county bus service throughout the 53 cities in the three counties (King, Pierce and Snohomish) it operates. Sound Transit has been the popular name of Washington states Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority since 1996. ... Seattle redirects here. ... King County is located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Pierce County is the second most populous county in the state of Washington. ... Snohomish County is a county located in the state of Washington. ...


Fare zones

ST Express uses a fare zone system, which comprises of 5 regions:

  • Seattle/North King County
  • East King County
  • South King County
  • Pierce County
  • Snohomish County

Passengers who cross one or two zones will have to pay extra. However passengers who have to travel through four zones from Everett to Tacoma will only pay for the three zone fare.

The fares are as follows:

  • One zone-$1.50 (18-64); $1.00 (6-18); .50 (65+/Disabled)
  • Two zone-$2.50 (18-64); $1.75 (6-18); $1.25 (65+/Disabled)
  • Three zones-$3.00 (18-64); $2.50 (6-18); $1.50 (65+/Disabled)

In addition, the transfers can also be used on Metro, CT, PT and Everett Transit routes, along with the Puget Pass, depending on the value of the fare.

Bus Routes

ST Express oversee 28 bus routes, which are operated under contract by the three transit agencies in the region (except Everett Transit). Prior to the creation of Sound Transit the routes were part of each of the bus agencies' system lineup. Whenever ST announces or implements a new bus route, several exsiting routes that serve the area on the proposed new route will either be rerouted, combined to aleviate overlapping, or be eliminated and/or remodified if the area served has low ridership.

The ST Express routes and operators are as follows (Bold are Downtown Seattle routes which operate seven days a week; Italics are routes that serves areas other than Downtown Seattle and operates seven days a week; the remaining routes operate Monday through Friday only during rush hour):

  • Community Transit
    • 510/513-Seattle/Everett
    • 511-Seattle/Lynnwood/Ash Way Park & Ride
    • 530/532-Bellvue/Everett
    • 535-Bellevue/Lynnwood
  • King County Metro
    • 522-Seattle/Woodinville
    • 540-Redmond/U District
    • 545-Seattle/Bear Creek Park & Ride
    • 550-Seattle/Bellevue
    • 554-Seattle/Issaquah
    • 555/556-Issaquah/Northgate
    • 560-West Seattle/SeaTac Airport/Renton/Bellevue
    • 564/565-Overlake/Auburn/Federal Way
    • 577-Seattle/Federal Way
  • Pierce Transit
    • 574-Lakewood/Tacoma/Federal Way/Airport
    • 582-Bonney Lake-Tacoma
    • 585-Lakewood/Auburn
    • 586-Tacoma/U District (School season hours only)
    • 590/591/592/594-Seattle/Tacoma/Lakewood
    • 595-Seattle/Gig Harbor

Bus Fleet

Sound Transit, through the contract and leasing from King County Metro, Pierce Transit and Community Transit, maintains a mixed fleet of 203 high-floor, low-floor, articulated and 45-foot commuter buses, all of which are identified by the letters of the transit agencies operating the vehicles: (K) for KCM, (C) for CT and (P) for PT.

Whenever a bid comes up for new buses by any of the three agencies, ST will also be involved as they will receive several new additions that was included in the order.

They also stand out from the other transit systems by their seating configuration (Most notably the ST Buses operated by KCM, whose seatings' fabric features a reproduction of the Sound Transit bus and train system map) and their unique color scheme (white with aqua, turquoise and blue water waves) which represents the Puget Sound region ST Express covers. Puget Sound Puget Sound is an arm (sound) of the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. ...

Current ST Express Bus fleet(2006):

  • Orion V(27 40ft high-floors):
    • (P)
      • 801-827(1994)
  • Gillig Phantom(90 40ft high-floors):
    • (K)
      • 9000, 9025-9036, 9043-9045, 9056-9069(1999 versions)
      • 9070-9089(2000 versions)
    • (C)
      • 9015-9024, 9046-9055(1999 versions)
    • (P)
      • 9001-9014, 9037-9042(1999 versions)
  • New Flyer(21 40ft low-floors):
    • (K)
      • 9200(DE40LF; 2003)
    • (P)
      • 9401-9420(C40LF; 2001)
  • New Flyer(73 60ft articulated low-floors):
    • (P)
      • 9501-9510(C60LF; 2000)
    • (C)
      • 9511-9525(C60LF; 2000)
    • (K)
      • 9526-9536(C60LF; 2001)
    • (K)
      • 9537-9552(D60LF; 2005)
    • (K)
      • 9601-9621(HD60LF; 2005)
  • Motor Coach Industries(13 45ft commuter coaches):
    • (P)
      • 9701-9713(MCI D4500; 2005)

In addition, KCM, CT and PT will use their buses on several of the ST Express routes, and in turn you'll also find several ST Express buses being used on KCM, CT and PT routes. A Gillig Advantage is in service for Harrisonburg Transit on February 18, 2005 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. ... New Flyer Industries is the leading bus manufacturer in North America, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... New Flyer Industries is the leading bus manufacturer in North America, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is a Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada-based bus manufacturer. ...

See Also

Articulating bus Metro Transit, Metro for short, is the public transit authority of King County, Washington, a division of the King County Department of Transportation. ... Community Transit is the main public transit authority of Snohomish County, Washington. ... Pierce Transit, in full the Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation, is the public transit authority of Pierce County, Washington. ... Everett Transit is the public transit authority of Everett, Washington, the only city in Snohomish County not to belong to Community Transit. ... Sound Transit has been the popular name of Washington states Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority since 1996. ...

External links

  • ST Express information
  • Bus pictures from BusDude's website



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