Reserved Permit Parking Options Available for Mukilteo Sounder Station

From Sound Transit: Permit parking area in Mukilteo reserved until 8 a.m.

Starting April 1, riders using the parking lot at the Mukilteo Station will be able to reserve a spot up to 8 a.m. by purchasing a Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV) permit or signing up for a free carpool permit. The permits went on sale March 1, and will be available for a standard monthly fee of $90, with a discounted rate of $30 per month for riders who are eligible for ORCA Lift reduced transit fares.

Depending on demand, up to 50 percent of the parking will be reserved for exclusively for permit holders arriving during the morning rush hours. All other station parking will remain open on a first-come, first-serve basis, as will any unused permit spaces after 8 a.m., and on holidays and weekends.

On weekdays, the parking lot at the Mukilteo station is frequently full well before the last Sounder train departs for Seattle. This makes it difficult to access Sounder for those who can’t arrive before 7:00 a.m., including parents who must drop children off at school or daycare, and other potential riders who don’t work a conventional 8 5 p.m. schedule. These new permit options are intended to provide a reliable option for riders to find parking without arriving earlier than needed.

SOV permit applicants must use a valid ORCA card at least 12 times per month to board Sounder or a bus from the same station operated by Community Transit or Everett Transit. Carpool parking permits will be available free of charge to groups of two or more riders who all commit to use transit and share a ride to the station at least 12 times per month. ORCA records will be checked to verify regular ridership.

Riders can submit permit applications by applying online, or obtain more information about Sound Transit’s permit parking program, please visit

Community Transit and Everett Transit also provide fast and direct access to Sounder Station in Mukilteo. For routes, schedules and trip planning, visit and

In 2018, the Sound Transit board authorized permit parking options for all of the agency’s high demand park-and-rides, including those that regularly fill to or in excess of 90 percent of capacity.

Sound Transit plans to implement solo-driver parking permits at more lots in the coming months. Facilities under consideration for permit parking in 2019, include:

  • Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Puyallup and Lakewood Sounder stations.
  • The Federal Way Transit Center, Issaquah Transit Center and Mercer Island Park-and-Ride.
  • Tukwila International Blvd and Angle Lake Link light rail stations.

Solo-driver and carpool permits are also currently available at the Northgate Station Garage, which opened in 2018.

CONTACT:  John Gallagher, (206) 689-4980 or


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