Martin’s let you know that Mukilteo Station is now open on Sounder North, but I actually went!
First, though, I have a sad story about bus transfers in Seattle. I nearly missed the entire thing because my bus passed its timepoint early, but fortunately, as some of you know, I live where I have many options – so another route came along soon enough.
I caught a Sound Transit bus (the 510) to Everett, and then an Everett Transit bus (23) out to Mukilteo. There was already quite a crowd at the new station – I took some pictures that I can post later on.
On the 510, I met a seasoned train rider who had come to be on the first train that stopped at Mukilteo. He wasn’t the only one who mentioned it – several on the bus from Everett to Mukilteo were Clinton-Seattle commuters who are looking forward to using the train instead of driving or bussing. I also learned that while the ferry schedule lists a 20 minute trip from Clinton to Mukilteo, the actual time taken is often only some 15 minutes – especially during the calmer waters of the summer months – so the transfer to the train in the morning isn’t as bad as we thought.
At the new station, several tents were set up by local transit agencies, and a few food stands were serving free clam chowder (thanks Ivar’s!) and other goodies. There were a few hundred people, and several speakers: the Snohomish County Executive, the mayor of Mukilteo, Deanna Dawson (an Edmonds city councilmember), Senator Mary Margaret Haugen (D-Camano Island), and Greg Nickels.
I’m blogging from the train right now – we’ve just gotten south of Edmonds, and it sounds like the train picked up 350 in Everett and more than another 300 in Mukilteo. Sounder South tops out at a bit over 1000 people per trip with seven cars – we have five cars, and they’re all packed! This won’t be normal ridership, of course, this is game service being offered for free, but it’s nice to see people interested!