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Take transit to the Washington State Fair

Guests of the Washington State Fair can save on gas and parking, avoid the traffic, and enjoy the biggest party in the state by bus or commuter rail again this year. Pierce Transit and Sound Transit will operate special service during the Fair to provide guests with an easy option for getting there. Purchase State Fair tickets before you go at www.thefair.com/tickets. The Fair runs from Aug. 30 through Sept. 22, except Tuesdays and Sept. 4, when it is closed.

Pierce Transit Fair Express Bus
Pierce Transit will offer express bus service to the Washington State Fair each day the Fair is open. Riders can park free and catch the Fair Express from three locations: Tacoma Mall (south end near Firestone), Lakewood Towne Center (behind Target/Barnes & Noble) and South Hill Mall (south end of the mall lot). All Fair Express buses and SHUTTLE vans will drop customers off and pick them up at the Blue Gate Parking Lot. For more information, including hours and fares (including a special “family fare”), instructions for registered SHUTTLE customers and local bus routes that serve the area around the Fair, visit: www.PierceTransit.org/washington-state-fair-express or call 253-581-8000 (option 1, option 1).

Sound Transit Sounder Fair Service
Once again this year you can ride the Sounder train to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup! Special Sounder trains will run on two Saturdays, Sept. 14 and 21, serving nine stations from Everett to Puyallup. From Puyallup Station, you can jump on a free Pierce Transit bus to the Fair’s exclusive Sounder entrance. Two trains will take passengers between the Snohomish County stations of Everett, Mukilteo and Edmonds and Seattle’s King Street Station. No changing of trains is necessary for Snohomish County riders to continue south. Three trains will run between King Street Station, Tukwila, Kent, Auburn and Sumner before reaching Puyallup Station.

After the Fair, head to the Sounder entrance to take the shuttle back to Puyallup station. There are only two return trains with the last one leaving at 6:50 p.m.

For more information and Sounder schedules visit www.soundtransit.org/soundertothefair. To purchase a discounted bundled ticket that includes a Sounder Train ticket and Fair gate admission, visit www.thefair.com/sounder.

Sound Transit Express Bus
Sound Transit Express Route 578 also runs between Seattle and Puyallup seven days a week.  Riders can check the schedule at www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/ST-Express-Bus/578.

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Landmarks

Government Sites: Pierce County Health Dept, Pierce Co Sheriffs Office, Tacoma City Hall

Major Commercial Sites: Tacoma Mall, Sheraton Hotel

Transportation Facilities: Sea-Tac Airport, Greyhound Bus Depot

Schools & Colleges: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College

Sports & Leisure: Cheney Stadium, Pt Defiance Zoo

Medical Facilities: Group Health, Tacoma General Hospital


 

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