Anyone who owns a downtown business, shops downtown, or simply tries to commute through downtown knows that the Sounder station has created a huge mess and can now be deemed a massive mistake.
commuters are using the Sounder for its exact purpose, but are clogging streets with their cars, not allowing shop owners and customers to park near the store they are heading to. After work, tired workers race to their cars to get home to their families, which is completely understandable. The thought that commuters would stop to shop or eat after work isn’t a reality.
That’s the problem with the current location and the current usage. It’s not a unique problem, Sumner is experiencing the same thing.
The good news: We’ve got the solution.
The bad news: It’s going to be expensive and take the cooperation of a bunch of people and agencies.
Here’s the solution: Purchase land near the new Shaw Road Extension to be used by both Sumner and Puyallup commuters, build a terminal and massive parking lot, and reroute all of the early morning and late afternoon trains there for pickup and dropoff.
After completing this project, keep the current stations open but only for mid-day and weekend trains. This still allows people to leave from downtown Puyallup to go on a day-trip to Seattle or to watch the Mariners or Seahawks. It relieves the congestion of parked cars of commuters from other cities using our valuable street space for nothing more than commuting.
But, like we said, this is going to cost a lot of money and require the cooperation of a lot of people. When this idea was brought up in the past, some Puyallup councilmembers scoffed at the idea, preferring to keep things the same.
We believe if you talk to downtown business owners and shoppers, this idea would be a big hit.