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iPod Touch Photo of Sounder North Pulling Away From Mukilteo Station

That time of year again… if STB senior staff don’t mind, I’ll be posting these updates verbatim from Sound Transit as I get them this mudslide season.

Your Humble North by Northwest Correspondent


Northline Sounder service between Seattle and Everett is canceled beginning this evening Monday, November 24th through Wednesday November 26th due to a mudslide. Sound Transit will provide special buses with direct service to/from Northline Sounder stations in addition to local bus service.

If there are no additional blocking events, service will resume Friday, November 28th. Please refer to the Sounder Alerts page for service hours on the day after Thanksgiving. There is no service on Thanksgiving Day.

Evening bus service on 11/24/14:

Seattle – Edmonds: Special buses to Edmonds Station will pre-board at 5th and King Street and will depart from 4th Ave. S. and S. Jackson at 4:05 pm, 5:05 pm and 5:35 pm. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 416 at 5th and James at 3:57 pm, 4:27 pm, 4:58 pm, 5:31 pm and 5:57 pm

Seattle – Mukilteo: Special buses to Mukilteo Station will pre-board at 5th and King Street and will depart from 4th Ave. S. and S. Jackson St at 4:05 pm, 5:05 pm and 5:35 pm. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 417 at 4th Ave S and S Jackson St. at 3:09 pm, 3:59 pm, 4:22 pm, 4:50 pm, 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm

Seattle – Everett: Special buses to Everett Station will pre-board at 5th and King Street and will depart from 4th Ave. S. and S. Jackson St at 4:05 pm, 4:33 pm, 5:05 pm and 5:35 pm. Riders may also board regularly scheduled ST Express Route 510 at 4th Ave. S and S. Jackson St. departing approximately every 10 minutes.

Edmonds – Mukilteo:

  • Take Community Transit 116 to Lynwood Transit Center
  • Transfer to Community Transit 113

Edmonds – Everett:

  • Take Community Transit 116 to Ash Way P&R
  • Transfer to ST Express 532

Mukilteo – Everett

  • Take Everett Transit 18 at Hwy 525 & Front St

Please monitor www.soundtransit.org for updates to Sounder Northline prior to your commute.

*Southline Sounder service between Seattle and Lakewood is not impacted and will operate as scheduled.

12 Replies to “Sounder North Update for 24-26 November…”

  1. One of these days a landslide wil hit one of the oil trains and blow away anything in the area that isn’t solid bedrock. Then, nobody will need to worry.

    1. I worry more my friend about the landslide that eventually, by probability, puts a passenger train into Puget Sound…

      1. I’m not too worried about Glen’s scenario, nor am I worried too much about the passenger trains on the corridor. The 48 hr. moratorium is a risk averse reaction to the landslides. In this case, because of the holiday, the 48 hour moratorium turns into a 92 hour moratorium.

      2. BTW, that said, I fully support the mitigation that the state, BNSF and ST are doing for the landslide risk.

      3. They’ve already had a landslide hit the Empire Builder there. It was pretty minor.

        The oil trains don’t seem to take too much to blow up though.

      4. John,
        I’m far less worried about a slide hitting a passenger train than I am about a slide hitting a freight carrying hazmat. The frequency is higher and the exposure greater (more trains carrying hazmat and traveling past more slide prone areas).

      5. Chris:

        I understand your concern about a freight train being knocked off the rails into Puget Sound by a landslide. I have posted the standard photo of the time in the 1990s that happened in the page I pointed to above.

        I agree with you that the probability of that happening is greater than for a passenger train. I’m not sure that the consequences could in advance be considered likely to be worse even for an oil train, but they would still be bad. I suggest you write to public officials on your concern, like I have about my focus.

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