A mudslide north of Mukilteo on Thursday at around 1 p.m. has caused BNSF Railway to institute a 48-hour moratorium on passenger rail operation along the Everett-Seattle corridor, canceling Sounder North Line service through at least Friday, Jan. 4.
BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the reason for the numerous mudslides on the rail corridor this winter was due to the continuous rain in the area between Carkeek Park in Seattle and Everett. So far this winter, 70 slides have been reported and 40 impacted rail service, closing the line.
Residents also contacted Edmonds Patch at the same time, asking about the apparently unrelated appearance of a Snohomish County Sheriff's Office helicopter at Picnic Point Park. The helicopter reportedly circled overhead and reportedly landed at the park.
BNSF will continue to evaluate slope conditions to determine whether passenger rail service can resume on Monday.
Information on alternate bus service options is available below and at www.soundtransit.org.
Sounder service between Lakewood and Seattle is not affected and will operate as scheduled.
Riders can visit www.soundtransit.org to find holiday service information, an easy-to-use trip planner, updates and schedules for all Sound Transit rail and bus services. Riders can sign up to receive automatic e-mail service alerts for Sounder, Central Link, Tacoma Link or ST Express. Rider Alerts can help you plan your trip around service disruptions caused by weather conditions or other issues, inform you about special service to events, and alert you to holiday schedule changes.
Alternate bus service options for Sounder North Line riders include:
Evening bus service – Thursday, Jan. 3
Seattle - Edmonds: Special buses will depart 4th Ave. S. and S. Jackson St. 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.
Seattle - Mukilteo: Special buses will depart 4th Ave. S. and S. Jackson St. at 4:33 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. with direct service to Mukilteo Station. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 417 at 4th Ave S and S Jackson St at 3:59 p.m., 4:22 p.m. 4:50 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Seattle - Everett: Special buses will depart 4th Ave. S. and S. Jackson St. at 4:05 p.m., 4:33 p.m. 5:05 p.m., and 5:35 p.m. with direct service to Everett Station. Riders may also board regularly scheduled ST Express Route 510 buses at 4th Ave. S and S. Jackson St. departing approximately every 10 minutes.
Morning bus service – Friday, Jan. 4
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.
Edmonds-Seattle: 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.
Evening bus service – Friday, Jan. 4
Information on bus service for Friday evening will be available tomorrow before the evening commute.
Sounder riders should monitor www.soundtrantransit.org for updates to Sounder North Line and alternate bus service options prior to the commute.
Regular fares apply for all Sound Transit services. ORCA and all valid transit passes accepted. Getting an ORCA card is a great way to skip lines at ticket vending machines. Cards only cost $5 for adults, plus whatever amount a rider chooses to load in the card’s E-Purse or the cost of a pass that is good for unlimited transit trips. ORCA works on trains, buses and ferries throughout the region. More information is available at www.orcacard.com.
(Ed. Note: The information is provided from a Sound Transit news release. This story was edited Friday with new information from BNSF, and the location of the slide was corrected.)