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June 24, 2013 at 3:06 PM
Sound Transit held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning at the site of a $46 million Tukwila Station improvement project on Longacres Road, where new walkways, parking slots, electric-vehicle charging and other features should be done by fall 2014.
It’s not all that easy to find.
At the event Monday morning, State Rep. Steve Bergquist, D-Renton, recounted the time he needed to get his aunt to the station in a downpour three years ago, but mistakenly headed to the Tukwila International Boulevard light-rail station north of the airport. He eventually found the right station for her trip, this station in the Green River Valley.
“I had no idea this even existed. This is a train station, but not really,” he said.
Federal Rail Administrator Joe Szabo, whose agency provided $14 million, also spoke, before making a visit to mudslide-prone portions of the regional train line in Mukilteo.
Each weekday, an average of 1,340 people a day get on or off a train here. More people commute into Tukwila (409) than leave it (257) each morning. A Boeing campus is nearby, and local governments plan to add housing and bike ways. The existing 208 park-and-ride spaces will nearly double to 390 slots, there will be storage for 76 bicycles, and the station will be along King County Metro’s RapidRide F Line.
Besides serving Sounder commuter trains, this is also a stop for the four round-trip Amtrak Cascades trains between Seattle and Portland.
Barbara Olson, waiting for a train to Seattle and Bellingham, said she would appreciate smoother ramps to roll her luggage up to the platforms, instead of the existing wood promenade and patchy asphalt. “It looks like a little bus stop,” she said.
January 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM
UPDATE 7:30 P.M.| Actually, Sound Transit says Sounder Northline service will resume Thursday morning. Passengers could experience delays of at least 15 minutes as maintenance continues on the route’s train tracks.
Before you spring to the station tomorrow, check for updates on the route’s schedule and alerts on the Sound Transit website.
The Associated Press
Passenger trains are to resume rolling north of Seattle Wednesday afternoon.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe says a safety moratorium for mudslides expires at 3 p.m.
Spokesman Gus Melonas says a dry spell has stabilized slopes that were saturated by 28 days of rain in December.
The section of tracks along Puget Sound between Seattle and Everett has been hit by 72 “blocking events” since Thanksgiving.
Crews have been able to quickly remove mud and vegetation to clear the tracks for freight trains. Amtrak and Sound Transit Sounder trains observe a 48-hour moratorium to make sure the tracks are safe. Passengers are carried by bus when trains are on hold.
A mudslide on Dec. 17 just south of Everett hit a freight train and derailed seven cars.
December 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM
Sounder train service between Everett and Seattle is canceled through tomorrow because all the rain has made the slopes next to the tracks unstable.
The earliest service could be up and running is Friday, say transit officials.
Regularly scheduled bus service through ST Express and Community Transit are available travel options for commuters.
The trains south of Seattle are running just fine, according to Sound Transit.
Sound Transit’s schedules and services are available online.
December 17, 2012 at 2:52 PM
The Associated Press
EVERETT — Heavy rains and winds caused two mudslides Monday on Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks in Western Washington.
The first at 1:30 a.m. covered tracks with mud, rocks and trees in the Nisqually area north of Olympia, said spokesman Gus Melonas.
The second at 11:30 a.m. covered slide-prone tracks in Everett where monitors were watching for it.
While the mudslides can be quickly cleared for freight trains, Amtrak and Sound Transit Sounder passenger trains must observe a 48-hour safety moratorium before then can resume travel.
November 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM
After a sloppy morning commute, the afternoon traffic is flowing better than expected on Seattle-area highways.
“It actually looks like a normal Monday,” said Bronlea Mishler, a spokeswoman at the Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic-control center in Shoreline.
There were no major blocking crashes at 5:45 p.m., she said. Collisions were cleared earlier at the West Seattle Bridge exit of I-5, and at southbound Highway 99 near the Battery Street Tunnel.
Commuter trains were less fortunate. Mudslides canceled service on the Northline Sounder to Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett, until at least Wednesday afternoon. And the Southline Sounder to the Green River Valley, Tacoma and Lakewood was likely to be delayed 15 to 20 minutes per trip, said a Sound Transit alert.
Snoqualmie and Stevens passes are open, while North Cascades Highway is closed, at least temporarily.
There are many parts of the state, particularly the lower Columbia River area, where floods and downed trees are blocking state highways, Mishler said. Also, the city of Kirkland closed Totem Lake Boulevard because of standing water.
March 1, 2012 at 6:41 PM
A mudslide hit railroad tracks early Thursday in the same area they were hit Feb. 22 at Everett.
In both cases the rails were quickly cleared by BNSF crews for freight trains, but passenger trains have a 48-hour safety moratorium.
BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the slide at 1:45 a.m. Thursday was detected by sensors that signaled a train to stop.
Mud, rock and trees covered about 20 feet of track about 5 feet deep. BNSF equipment cleared the track by 9 a.m. Melonas says eight freight trains were delayed.
For safety reasons, Sound Transit and Amtrak passenger trains can’t use railroad track for 48 hours after a mudslide, however there will be limited Northline Sounder service on Friday, according to a Sound Transit alert.
January 24, 2012 at 6:58 PM
UPDATE: Sound Transit reports Train 1517 has left Kent and will be making all stops on its way to Tacoma about an hour behind schedule.
A collision in Kent between a northbound Amtrak train and a towtruck towing a vehicle has caused a 40-minute delay for two early evening Sound Transit trains that depart from Seattle.
Kent Police said there are minor or no injuries.
Affected are Train 1515 and Train 151, said Sound Transit.
November 29, 2011 at 5:49 PM
Buses and trains will stick to their regular weekday schedules when the Seahawks play home games Thursday and again on Monday, Dec. 12.
Sound Transit and Metro announced Tuesday there won’t be special game-day service for either event because Sounder trains and Metro buses will be providing regular service.
Because both games start around 5:30 p.m., Metro warns traffic could be snarled around Pioneer Square and Seattle’s Sodo district, as well as freeways leading to CenturyLink Field.
November 23, 2011 at 9:09 AM
Sounder commuter train service between Everett and Seattle was halted by a mudslide just north of Edmonds shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Passengers were being rerouted by bus.
A Sound Transit spokeswoman said the agency is required to halt passenger service for 48 hours following a mudslide, but that no Sounder train service had been planned on the line Thursday or Friday because the agency will be on a reduced holiday schedule.
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