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Is anybody living in the South Sound i.e. Sumner, Auburn, etc. using the new light rail network to commute to and from bellevue/redmond?

What about using the light rail network to commute to Seattle?

Are you aware of South Sound commuters using light rail and making it work?

I wonder if it's doable for professionals who are hourly exempt, you could work on the train and bill hours.

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I use the commuter rail (called Sound Transit) from the south end into downtown Seattle. I work for the federal government so that means I have flexible hours. The train has been the best commuter method I have used outside of carpooling with my wife. The train is clean, comfortable, I have seen only 1 weirdo onboard in 3 years (vice seeing several on county buses). Many riders use laptops or other devices to work, email, surf, watch movies, play games, whatever.

By taking the train I work an additional hour each day and it works out that I earn a comp day about every 2 weeks.

Remember, I'm from the government and I'm here to help, just not on my comp days off.

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That's pretty cool mrudy.

Where do you catch the train? So how long is the ride each way?

Using the train, about what time do you get home?

I wonder if riding it from Sumner to Redmond is doable or should I just stick with downtown Seattle.

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Before returning back to teaching, I worked hi-tech in Tukwila. I took the train out of sumner for a year and found it very enjoyable. Clean, quick and very reliable.

At this time, there is no light-rail going to redmond / bellevue and none planned in the near future (that I know of.) Your best bet would be carpool as regular traffic lanes are horrendous just about anytime of the day here, especially if it is raining.

mx813

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thanks mx, you're right, i guess i was looking at the map and misreading it:

http://www.soundtransit.org/pdf/riding/map_lg.pdf

i think it would be more realistic to shoot for tacoma and seattle anyway.

any anyhow, it seems to me that there is a fair amount of "filling in" happening between tukwila and auburn... so i may not even have to go that far.

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If you board at Sumner/Auburn - you usually can find a good seat, depending on what train you catch.

The first train home out of Seattle heading South is always packed, standing room a lot of times.

As far as working, it can be done, but I usually used that time to catch up on reading or what. With a laptop, people have a tendency to "peer" at your work.

Good luck!

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I moved from Puyallup to Kent so I now catch it in Kent. Usually when I board in the morning I find a seat okay. Only occasionally will I have to opt for a rear facing seat (which I don't care for).

Heading home I try to get to the train about 10 mins prior to departure so finding a good seat is no problem. It eventually gets packed but I'm usually snoozing by the time we head south.

For those people who like total quiet while commuting, they have a "quiet car" where conversations are kept to a whisper and cell phones/beepers are turned off.

On many occasions it is far faster to take the train than to drive. From Kent it takes me about 45 mins into Seattle and then I have to find a place to park. Catching the train, the parking is pretty good and in about 25-30 mins later I'm in Seattle.

Another thing to mention that might matter to some folks--there are bathrooms on the train!! You won't find those on metro buses. Another creature comfort that makes it very enjoyable.

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Great information guys, thank you very much.

It's really helping me define what areas to look for work in.

Basically, I figure I'll stick to Tacoma, Tukwila, and anything between Renton and Sumner.

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