Update: All clear.

According to Sound Transit:

Due to an accident south of Mount Baker station, passengers sholud board Metro bus Route 97, which will operate between Mount Baker Station and Othello Station. Regular service between Westlake Station & Mount Baker Station & between Othello Station & SeaTac Station.

13 Replies to “Breaking: Link Out of Service between Mt. Baker and Othello”

      1. I asked ST if a train was involved. They said that an auto driver ran into one of the OCS poles. Apparently they were able to fix an damage as the line is back to normal service now.

      2. But Mr. Niles, if Sound Transit hadn’t built that train in the middle of the street, that pole wouldn’t have been there for that motorist to hit! It’s all Sound Transit’s fault!

      3. Cars Forever has a good point. Putting poles down the middle of a street is not exactly a “safety feature.”

        Notice how, as always, the trains were stopped because they could not detour around the accident, while buses continued running because buses can detour around an accident.

      4. “Cars Forever has a good point. Putting poles down the middle of a street is not exactly a “safety feature.””

        The poles aren’t in the middle of the street, they’re between the train tracks. Which means that the driver had to drive over the tracks (illegally) in order to hit one. But I imagine you’ll still deny that it was the driver’s fault. “If only they’d pave over the whole world, then there’d be nothing for our precious motorists to run into.”

        Putting cars on the street isn’t exactly a safety feature either, given that they’re the leading cause of death of people aged 1-24 and the leading cause of injury to pedestrians and cyclists.

      5. “Notice how, as always, the trains were stopped because they could not detour around the accident, while buses continued running because buses can detour around an accident.”

        This will be a great point the day you find yourself debating a transit advocate or transportation planner who doesn’t believe buses play an integral role in a mature transit system. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting, if I were you.

      6. Note: a Single LRV (Currently 2 per train.) can carry 250 people. A bus can carry 70.

        If the car drivers would operate legally, there would be no need to re-route around them.

      7. “Putting poles down the middle of a street is not exactly a “safety feature.””

        I suppose you’d blame the city of Seattle if a pedestrian got hit while walking in a crosswalk with a “Walk” sign. The difference is you *really* have to go out of your way to hit one of those pole with your car.

      8. “Notice how, as always, the trains were stopped because they could not detour around the accident, while buses continued running because buses can detour around an accident.”

        Notice how buses get stuck in traffic because they don’t have a dedicated lane? Notice how building a new lane costs about as much as building a new rail line?

      9. I have to agree with the removal of cars driven by poor drivers from the roads.

        How about a yearly driving test? How about mandatory license removal for 5 years following any sort of egregious driving-where-you-shouldn’t-be case such as this one? Anyone? Bueller?

  1. Seriously, I would note that the UK, with *much much* stricter driving exams, has a much lower rate of automobile-related fatalities.

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