Topic: Sounder train
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November 15, 2013 at 5:41 PM
A Sounder commuter train has struck and killed a pedestrian near Auburn, prompting the transit agency to stop three trains and cancel three more trips on the south line.
The 4:12 p.m. train leaving Seattle was involved in the collision, which happened around 4:52 p.m., said Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray. The next two trains heading south have been halted, while the 5:12, 5:42 and 6:12 p.m. commuter trains were canceled. A northbound train from Tacoma to Seattle is stopped at Sumner Station, he said.
“Special buses will be provided from King Street Station to all southern stops up to Tacoma Dome,” a Sound Transit statement stated. “Buses are arriving at King Street Station at approx. 5:30 pm to service riders South. The buses will be at the Amtrak Station Loading Zone. Riders going to South Tacoma and Lakewood will need to transfer at Tacoma Dome to other special buses that will be waiting.”
Efforts are under way to send buses to Tukwila Station, Kent Station and Auburn to carry stranded Sounder customers, Gray said. It’s unclear yet whether enough buses will converge soon enough to accommodate all stranded passengers. People are also being encouraged to take Sound Transit, Pierce Transit or King County Metro Transit routes to the South End suburbs and beyond.
The incident follows a morning collision in which a freight train struck and killed a pedestrian in downtown Edmonds. That incident tied up the north commuter rail line and blocked access to the Washington State Ferries terminal.
February 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM
Passenger train service has resumed north of Seattle, following yet another mudslide.
BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said service was suspended for 48 hours following a slide that covered the tracks with three feet of mud and debris in Everett on Sunday, but the tracks were back open for passenger service at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Melonas says there have been about 200 mudslides in the rail corridor between Seattle and Everett this winter, and 82 of them have been classified as significant. In 50 cases the slides have blocked at least one track and triggered the two-day ban on passenger service.
Melonas says BNSF continues to monitor the stability of the slopes in the area, and is working to improve drainage and prevent future slides.
February 13, 2013 at 7:17 PM
UPDATE 9:35 P.M.| Puyallup police say a woman walked into the path of a southbound Sounder train with 250 passengers aboard and made no effort to avoid it.
Sound Transit said a train that departed Seattle at 5:40 was allowed to proceed south by 8 p.m. and passengers on a train that departed Seattle at 6:15 p.m. were re-routed onto buses that took them to stations south of the incident.
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Sounder train in Puyallup around 6:30 p.m., according to the Puyallup Police Department.
The train hit the pedestrian near 15th Street Southeast and East Pioneer Street, said department spokesman Scott Engle. Police are still processing the scene, but no evidence of crime has been discovered so far, he said.
Lakewood-bound Sounder trains that left Seattle at 5:40 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. were still being delayed as of 7:30 p.m., according to Sound Transit. Buses are being sent to take train passengers to stations south of the train’s Sumner stop.
January 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM
The Associated Press
MUKILTEO — Another mudslide has suspended passenger train service north of Seattle until at least Sunday.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the mudslide struck at about 4 a.m. Friday a little more than two miles south of Mukilteo. Freight train traffic resumed later in the morning, but passenger rail service is subject to a 48-hour moratorium any time there’s a mudslide by the tracks.
Passenger service was already suspended by a slide north of Mukilteo on Thursday afternoon, but Friday’s slide means service won’t resume until Sunday morning at the earliest.
The North Line Sounder run has been hit by numerous mudslides in the past several weeks.
December 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM
A Tuesday morning mudslide has shut down Sounder service to Mukilteo and Everett until at least Thursday morning.
Sound Transit said the blockage won’t affect travel between King Street Station and Edmonds.
Because recent rainstorms have increased landslide potential, Sound Transit has been advising its riders to regularly check for online updates about their route. Landslides have already disrupted Northline service several times since Thanksgiving week.
According to Sound Transit, Sounder riders from Mukilteo and Everett can use the following back-up bus services:
Morning bus service – Wednesday, Dec. 5
Everett-Seattle: Board regularly scheduled ST Express Route 510 at Everett Station bay C1, departing approximately every 10 minutes.
Mukilteo-Seattle: 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., and 7:53 a.m.
Please note: These times do not correspond with the regular Sounder schedule.
November 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM
Sound Transit announced it will cancel special day-after-Thanksgiving train service through Everett, Mukilteo, Edmonds and Seattle, because mudslides continued to occur today on the bluffs along Puget Sound.
By policy of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which owns the tracks, all passenger travel is suspended for 48 hours following a mudslide. Spokeswoman Kimberly Reason said service is expected to resume Monday morning, but riders should check for Sound Transit alerts, in case weekend mudslides cause more cancellations.
Mudslides are common in the trackways north of Seattle, where Washington state is planning a soil-stabilization project.
South-line service will still proceed Friday, on the special schedule shown below.
|6:12 a.m.||6:17||6:25||6:37||6:42||6:51||6:58||7:05||7:24 a.m.|
|9:17 a.m.||9:22||9:30||9:42||9:47||9:56||10:03||10:10||10:29 a.m.|
|4:12 p.m.||4:17||4:25||4:37||4:42||4:51||4:58||5:05||5:24 p.m.|
|7:40 a.m.||7:52||7:59||8:06||8:16||8:20||8:32||8:40||8:52 a.m.|
|2:30 p.m.||2:42||2:49||2:56||3:06||3:10||3:22||3:30||3:42 p.m.|
|5:40 p.m.||5:52||5:59||6:06||6:16||6:20||6:32||6:40||6:52 p.m.|
November 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM
A new mudslide has extended the closure of Northline Sounder train service between Seattle and Everett to include Wednesday.
Back-up bus service for Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett can be found on Sound Transit’s website.
Sounder trains won’t run Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving. The trains will operate on a special holiday schedule Friday — if there aren’t any more mudslides. Might want to keep yourself updated on that one.
October 16, 2012 at 7:48 AM
A Northline Sounder train collided with a semi-truck in downtown Edmonds this morning.
The train was heading south when it hit the truck. No injuries were reported, said Kimberly Reason, Sound Transit spokeswoman..
The crash caused delays on the line this morning. The passengers were loaded onto Community Transit buses for the rest of their commute.
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