Weekday commuters who board the Sounder train at Puyallup Station still will be able to park in the Red Lot at the Washington State Fairgrounds’ during the U.S. Open golf championship this summer, even though the event’s organizers intend to use fairgrounds parking lots for spectators.
Golf fans will be allowed to park for free in all the public lots at the fairgrounds, then catch shuttle buses to the Chambers Bay golf course in University Place during the U.S. Open’s June 15-21 run.
Sounder commuters currently use the fairgrounds’ Red Lot as a park-and-ride. Part of that lot will be set aside for them on weekdays during the U.S. Open, said Janeen Driscoll, a spokeswoman for the USGA. That entire lot will be used for golf fans Saturday and Sunday of that week, Driscoll said.
There was some confusion among commuters this week when the USGA announced that its plan for shuttling spectators to the U.S. Open included using the Red Lot at the fairgrounds for parking. For the purposes of the golf championship, the USGA will have two parking areas: the Red Lot in Puyallup for fans coming from the north and east, and the Blue Lot at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood for those coming from the south and west.