Yet another mudslide cancels Sounder commuter train service


Well, that didn’t last long. On the first day back after being canceled since mid-December, Sound Transit’s Sounder commuter train service between Seattle and Everett has been shut down for the Thursday evening commute and all day Friday, due to another mudslide.

Evening Seattle-Edmonds bus service: Special buses will depart 4th Avenue South and South Jackson Street at 4:33 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. with direct service to Edmonds Station. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 416 at 5th and James at 4:27 p.m., 4:58 p.m., 5:31 p.m. and 5:57 p.m.

For Friday morning Edmonds-Seattle bus service, board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 416 at Edmonds Station departing at 6:15 a.m., 6:35 a.m., 6:55 a.m., and 7:47 a.m.

2 Replies to “Yet another mudslide cancels Sounder commuter train service”

  1. Publisher’s note: I am posting this on behalf of a reader who didn’t want his name disclosed. I have verified this person’s identity. I will do this for anyone who has comments to make but wants to remain anonymous or who has news tips to share. Feel free to email me directly at [email protected]

    “I have issues with Sound Transit and their alert system, I did get the text based message and attempted to confirm it on yet another smart device and their web site did not provide the same information as their alert by text. Only their past message about bus route 416 which because of where I parked Edmonds Station is my only means by bus to get there. It was a complete lack of consistent information across text alerts and web site that other train riders like I over flowed the 416 had little information on a way home we must decide by 3:00 PM to take in the afternoon. Sound Transit did not send out a text nor did their web site reflect the fact that there were special buses to Edmonds Station. I want current update information across Sound Transit, as it stands now I have to confirm closures on news sites before Sound Transit posts it to their web site with no information on any use of special buses which are rare to Edmonds.
    Second I want to ask Sound Transit and Gus Melonas a few questions. I understand Gus Melonas is an employee of BN and I can understand his passenger safety stance when it comes to Amtrak and the need to bus its passengers between major stations. However the Sounder Train is regional just because there is a history point of major slide problems North of Mukilteo to Everett that the entire line is shut down. Train crews only can move through a slide area as soon as it is cleared which common sense tells me commuters to Edmonds and Mukilteo are safe to go our risk is low. It does not seem very cost effective to me to bus passengers to two minor rail stations when the coke point is North of Mukilteo. I am put off I had to leave work early take twice as long to get home to arrive at the same time as a special bus and watch my train go through Edmonds Station full speed empty to its home base in Everett. There is no reason commuters to Edmonds and Mukilteo should have been on a special bus or forced to find other routes via bus for a slide past our home stations.
    This is why the North Line has so few people after almost 7 years I am giving it up, my options for commutes are Edmonds, Lynnwood and MTLK P&R/ Transit Centers stations closing two stops just because the third cannot have passengers is getting very expensive and make no sense for Sound Transit and it has gotten far worse the last couple years, they refuse to do limited runs for those communities untouched by slides.”


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