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January 30, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Mudslide shuts down Amtrak and Sounder service between Everett and Seattle

Today's mudslide on the BNSF Railway line between Seattle and Everett. (BNSF Railway)

Today’s mudslide on the BNSF Railway line between Seattle and Everett. (BNSF Railway)

A mudslide onto railroad tracks between Seattle and Everett this afternoon has shut down Amtrak and Sounder service for 48 hours, according to BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas.

The slide, which occurred at 2:05 p.m., was  south of Mukilteo on the BNSF double mainline and was 25 feet long by 10 feet deep, Melonas said. It’s the third slide on BNSF tracks between Seattle and Everett this winter, Melonas said.

Last year, mudslides interrupted service on the line multiple times, and BNSF Railway made significant engineering enhancements to the area where most of those slides occurred. There have been no further slides in that area this winter, Melonas said.

Today’s slide was about a mile north of the stabilization work, he said, and within two miles of another slide this winter. The third  slide this winter was in the Everett area.

Melonas said BNSF is looking at engineering plans for other slope areas along the tracks.

Freight service between Seattle and Everett will be delayed only a few hours today, he said, and is expected to resume by 5 p.m.

Here are Sound Transit’s plans for Sounder commuters Thursday evening and Friday morning while the BNSF tracks are out of service:

Thursday evening bus service

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

Seattle – Mukilteo: Special buses with direct service 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 p.m., 5:05 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 417 at 4th Ave S and S Jackson St. at 3:09 p.m., 3:59 p.m., 4:22 p.m. 4:50 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Seattle – Everett: Special buses with direct service 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 p.m., 4:33 p.m., 5:05 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. Riders may also board regularly scheduled ST Express Route 510 at 4th Ave. S and S. Jackson St. departing approximately every 10 minutes.

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

Friday morning bus service

Everett-Seattle: Special buses will depart Everett Station at 5:45 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 6:45 a.m., and 7:15 a.m. in the Greyhound loading area. Riders may also board regularly scheduled ST Express Route 510 departing approximately every 10 minutes

Mukilteo-Seattle: Special buses will depart Mukilteo Station at 6:26 a.m. and 7:26 a.m. at the traffic circle at the train platform. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 417 at the Ferry Terminal departing at 5:49 a.m., 6:21 a.m., 6:51 a.m., 7:21 a.m., and 7:53 a.m.

Edmonds-Seattle: Special buses will depart Edmonds Station at 6:41 am and 7:41 am at the north side of the Amtrak lot. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 416 at Edmonds Station departing at 5:45 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 6:34 a.m., 6:55 a.m., and 7:42 a.m.

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

Commuters should monitor www.soundtransit.org for updates to Sounder Northline.

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