Right out of the gate, your day at the races is better when it starts with Sound Transit. Don’t pony up for gas and parking. Instead, use your travel time to study the Daily Racing Form, monitor track conditions and determine your wagering strategy!

First, take Sound Transit buses or trains to Auburn Station.

Sounder Trains
For an afternoon at the track watching live racing: Special event trains run on select weekends. Leave late morning from Lakewood, South Tacoma, Puyallup & Sumner. The train returns in the afternoon, after leaving Seattle when the Mariners or Sounders FC game ends. Scheduled dates: April 16, May 7, May 21, June 4, June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, July 30, and August 13.

For simulcast racing fans and those who like to get there early: weekday commuter trains run 10 round trips Monday through Friday during early morning and late afternoon ‘rush hours’ with Auburn Station service to and from Lakewood, South Tacoma, Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Kent, Tukwila and Seattle.

ST Express 578
Service to and from downtown Seattle, Federal Way, Sumner and Puyallup runs all day, seven days a week.

ST Express 566
Service to and from Renton and Kent runs all day on weekdays only.
Find schedule times, fares and station information at

Free Pony Express shuttle
From Auburn Station, catch Emerald Downs free Pony Express shuttle service to the racetrack.

Monday & Tuesday – Shuttle Service Unavailable

Wednesday – Friday – Shuttle leaves Auburn Station hourly beginning at 9:15 AM; return trips to Auburn Station leave Emerald Downs on the hour through 5:00 PM or the end of California simulcast

Saturday – Sunday – Shuttle leaves Auburn Station beginning at 9:00 PM and returns from Emerald Downs for pick up/drop off service on the hour through 9:00 PM

See Schedule for complete details.

*Shuttle service subject to change. Last bus at the conclusion of racing.

NOTE: on Sundays from June to September when the Auburn Farmers Market takes place at Auburn Station, catch the Pony Express shuttle at the bus stop on A Street Southwest between First Street Southwest and Second Street Southwest, just east of the station.

Pony Express map

Plan a trip, schedules, real time arrivals and more info at