Last week, a reader alerted us to a new rider alert posted on Link trains. From now until the end of October, service is being reduced some Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7pm-1am, from the 10-15 minute headways that would normally exist at that time to 20 minute headways. We spoke to Sound Transit, and this is necessary to make time to replace the copper grounding wire recently found to be stolen.
With the deep recession, stories of stolen wire are becoming more common – every week or so I see a wire theft article from somewhere in the US, and Sound Transit tells us they’ll be taking additional security steps in the future.
It’s not entirely clear which specific dates work will be done, as crews to do the work aren’t always available late in the evening – so riders are encouraged to be prepared for 20 minute headways. Last Tuesday and Thursday I rode after 7 and experienced 10 minute headways, so it’s not always in effect.