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What's Up With the Mudslides? BNSF Spokesman Explains

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas talks with KING 5 about the extraordinary number of mudslides this season that have affected Sounder train service.

If you think there have been an awful lot of mudslides disrupting Sounder Northline service this season, you're right.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas tells KING 5 TV in this video interview just how many there have been -- far more than last season -- and how the railroad is planning to address the problem.

Check out the video, and come back and let us know in the comments section what you think should be done about the mudslides.

Mike Cooper January 08, 2013 at 08:28 PM
I had trouble on King5's website viewing the video, but here are my historical thoughts. Prior to 2008 the Snohomish County Coiuncil adopted Comprehensive Plan amendments that allowed to more developement in Meadowdale and south of Mukileo over the objectioons on proerty owners and third party engineers who warned the steep slopes could not handle the added storm water. Couple unstable slopes with vibrations from added train traffic and record rain fall and you have disaster. That entire rail corridor is unstable and arguably unsafe. Add the 20-40 projected train trip increases and we will only see more slides. before one more train is allowed on that route, the federal and state agencies need to require BNSF to insure the corridor is safe both for frieght and passenger traffic. It is a tickingtime bomb that could result in large loss of life and property, if not resolved.
Joe M January 09, 2013 at 04:57 PM
I watched the interview. BNSF has two ways of protecting passenger trains: (1) the 48 passenger train moratorium after s slide, and (2) fences that detect slides and trigger a signal to approaching trains. These both seem like prudent measures, but I have two questions for BNSF: (1) If the tracks are unsafe for passenger trains for 48 hours, why do you consider them safe for freight trains carrying hazardous cargo? (2) What measures do you have in place to protect passenger trains in the event that a slide occurs when a passenger train is passing, like this slide that happened last month as a freight train passed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVXZbgplHgg

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