No Sounder commuter train service on Thursday


Sounder commuter train service between Seattle and Everett is canceled Thursday, April 3. An additional 24 hours is needed due to the size and extent of clean-up required from Tuesday’s mudslide, Sound Transit said in an announcement.

Special buses will be provided with direct service to and from Northline Sounder stations in addition to local bus service. If there are no additional events, Sounder service is expected to resume Friday, April 4.

Morning Edmonds-to-Seattle bus service Thursday:

A special bus will depart Edmonds Station at 6:41 a.m. and 7:41 a.m. 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.

Monitor for updates to Sounder prior to your commute.

4 Replies to “No Sounder commuter train service on Thursday”

  1. I wonder how many of my fellow readers are as intrigued as I by how we appear to be unable to stop this often-repeated occurrence from disrupting the already minimal train service in this area. Is it possible that there is absolutely no pre-emptive measure that can be taken to either prevent the slides in the first place, or, at the very least, have structures in place that might avert track obstruction?


  2. I believe BNSF has been told by a regulatory commission that they have to do something in regards to this with the rail run from Seattle to Everett (this info listed in Seattle), as this is shown on a hazard map recently (in RED!) ……..MUDSLIDES!.

    I would like to know if the most recent one (still cleaning up and causing line not to run for 24 more hours) if this is right here in Edmonds….we saw BNSF workers this morning while walking the waterfront….Didn’t get close enough to cliff to see if this was the area……Pt. Edward cliff?

    The mudslide hazard being another reason not to disturb terra firma for the Sunset Ave. Project……doesn’t take much for a slide when soil totally saturated, as has been the case recently in numerous areas.

    We have had (we’re on 2nd N) lots of new cracking (at least an 1/8″ to 1/4″) in cement recently at the back of our property, and I believe other neighbors have had some cracking, one to asphalt driveway on Sunset…..and that appears to be from heavy construction equipment working on two lots on Sunset, one directly adjacent on 2nd N , and POUNDING the saturated earth over and over


  3. Ms, Ryder,

    As much as you may not like it, the railroad owns the property. BNSF has a substantial capital improvement program, and they spend the money on areas that will disrupt large and potential contracts (namely Intermodal and Coal) that will affect the bottom line.

    Spending 8 years riding track as a Director of Budgets and Planning of a Class I railroad, hours in helicopters looking at damaged tracks from major disasters, and weighing those costs against risks, I do not see the direct implication to the Sunset project.

    In fact, if I think back to those days, I would openly welcome a partner in beautfication and preservation of a bluff that overlooks a sensitive portion of track. We can discuss how I went about this in my role, but more importantly, I would recommend you call your homeowners insurance, and get your home underpinned and stabilized. Natural progression and sloughing of the earth is to be expected, and hopefully the policy covers these items. After all, you are living in a landslide and soft earth area, and think that you might want to handle that before your foundation splits.

    Direct correlation to heavy pounding etc are almost impossible to prove, I am willing to wager that I can find four experts that disagree, and will tell you that you live in a landslide zone, the ground is wet, and there is nothing causing it but good old mother nature.

    Just my two cents.


  4. An excellent article to read by Timothy Egan was in the New York Times Sunday March 30 th…….Basically what you don.’t do in hazard areas, wet soil areas. etc……Sunset Ave. a perfect example and all of the cliff area along the rail between Seattle and Everett as stated recently as a HAZARD area by a Wa. Regulatory Commission……….Egan is referencing Oso


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