has anyone taken the light rail to SeaTac from the SODO station?

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    WSMom
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    I had planned on taking the bus to SeaTac tomorrow, but have discovered to my dismay that bus service is not available mid day…so, I was wondering about taking the bus to SODO and catching the light rail from there instead of going all the way downtown. Is the station well marked and easy to access? I don’t want to get down there and realize I should have just went to Westlake Station. Thanks!

    #742125

    metrognome
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    it would help to know where you are starting from and what routes are near you …

    you can take the 21 or 22 (and probably the 56 and 57) to Fourth and Lander and walk to ‘Fifth’ (the bus/rail only street) and Lander where the SODO Link station is … you can’t miss it.

    If the 54 or 55 works better, go into 2/Seneca or 3/University and catch Link at the University Station.

    You can try entering your trip into Metro’s Trip Planner and see what you get. With the 21, etc. reroutes over the low bridge and the viaduct traffic for the 54, etc., it’s hard to say which would be more reliable. I would plan plenty of time.

    http://www.soundtransit.org/Rider-Guide/SODO-Station.xml

    http://metro.kingcounty.gov/cftemplates/show_map.cfm?BUS_ROUTE=022&DAY_NAV=WSU

    #742126

    WSMom
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    I planned on taking the 22 to 4th & Lander then walking to 5th & Lander to pick up at the SODO Link station…so that’s doable??? The rider guide wants to send me downtown to start, yet SODO is lots closer.

    #742127

    WSMom
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    #742128

    metrognome
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    sorry, I edited my post and it hung in outer space forever.

    Assuming you get across the low bridge without a lot of delay, the 22 is a great option. Probably faster than the 54 to 3/Univ.

    The trip planner is pretty limited in that you can’t force it to look at a specific combination. One trick is to vary your arrival or departure time by 5 or 10 minutes; this sometimes gets results that look at different routes.

    #742129

    WSMom
    Member

    Thanks metrognome. I didn’t realize that the 560 didn’t run from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Really disappointing as this is the fastest/easiest way to the airport! Guess the powers that be want to force me to use the light rail :).

    #742130

    metrognome
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    yer welcome. I’m guessing you live somewhere near me (Morgan Junction); the 560 used to be a great way to get to SeaTac. I was always surprised to see people hauling luggage onto the 54 at Cal/Fauntleroy to go downtown to get the 194 when they could have crossed the street and jumped on a direct express. If they had, the 560 might still be all day in WS.

    You can also take a 128 to Tukwila and catch Link there, but I think the 22 connection at Lander is smoother and probably faster.

    #742131

    Luckie
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    We take the 57 from California & Admiral to 1st and Lander, and then walk a few blocks to the station at 4th and Lander. It’s easy! You can’t miss the station. You just pay and wait for your train. SO much cheaper than hiring a cab or shuttle.

    #742132

    Kimberley
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    You can also use google maps to futz with transit directions, it’s very helpful.

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