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March 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Mukilteo mudslides halt passenger rail service

UPDATE, 10:10 p.m. | A second mudslide occurred at 9:30 p.m. near Mukilteo, halting freight traffic and resetting the 48-hour safety moratorium for Amtrak and Sounder commuter trains.

Freight trains are expected to resume travel on the route around midnight, according to Gus Melonas, spokesman for the  Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

Passenger travel will resume at 9:35 p.m. Saturday.

ORIGINAL POST | Amtrak and Sounder rail service between Seattle and Everett was halted early Thursday by a mudslide near Mukilteo.

Gus Melonas, spokesman for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, told the Associated Press that freight trains are expected to be able to resume travel on the route later today as mud, rocks and debris are cleared from the tracks.

But Amtrak and Sounder commuter trains will have to observe a 48-hour safety moratorium until Saturday morning. Until then, passengers will be bused around the closure.

Melonas told AP this is the seventh blocking event on the tracks north of Seattle this season, compared to 60 last season.

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 every 10 minutes.

Mukilteo-Seattle: A special bus 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: A special bus 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 will operate as scheduled.

Commuters should monitor www.soundtransit.org for additional updates.

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