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Archive for the 'Incidents' Category


Northbound Sounder Canceled Due to Slides

From KIRO-TV: http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/sounder-service-canceled-evening-service-because-s/nS93c/ Unfortunately our rain strikes again and the Northbound Sounder service is now canceled for at least 48 hours. Ben

Sounder Train Gets Stuck

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/11/08/2360477/sound-transit-train-gets-stuck.html One of the Sounder trains to Lakewood got stuck on the hill out of the Tacoma Dome Station.This was due to issues with the automatic sanders on the engine. It should be noted that the track out of the Tacoma Dome is one of the steepest railroad tracks in the […]

No, the Narrows Bridges Aren’t Melting

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/09/20_bridgesappearmelted.htm The 3-D imagery in Apple’s new Maps app makes it look like the Narrows Bridges have melted. No, they are still fine. Ben

Deteriorating Roads Could Lead to Freak Accidents

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/DOT-chief-Deteriorating-roads-could-lead-to-more-freak-accidents-163491436.html Due to the age and heavy use of Washington’s freeways we may see more freak accidents like this one where a piece of concrete flew up and hit a windshield. It’s worth the extra money to fix it now before it becomes worse…or kills someone. Ben

North Sounder Shut Down Due to Mudslide

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Mudslide-hits-railroad-tracks-on-Seattle-waterfront-150154515.html Due to a mudslide on the Seattle Waterfront, Northbound Sounder service will be canceled for 48 hours. This always seems to happen on the North line… Ben

Tacoma Link Issues

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/04/25/2121242/link-route-a-casualty-of-tacoma.html A violent squall sent gravel from a road construction project at South 9th onto the tracks, causing a low-speed derailment of Tacoma Link. Fortunately there were no injuries or damage, and the line reopened around 9 pm. Ben

Bridge in Sumner Closed

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/02/07/2015214/sumner-puts-weight-restrictions.html The City of Sumner has banned vehicles over 12 tons from the Bridge Street, or Stuck River, bridge. This move was made to extend the life of the bridge until money for a replacement can be found. Like in most of the United States, infrastructure in the West is old. […]

Train Strikes Tow Truck in Kent

From The News Tribune: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/crime/2012/01/24/amtrak-strikes-tow-truck-in-kent/ An Amtrak train struck a tow truck at a crossing in Kent yesterday. While there were no deaths and only one injury, this delayed train traffic, including the Sounder, for hours. Come on people, obey the signs! Ben

Both Narrows Bridges Closed

From The News Tribune: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/traffic/2012/01/20/wsp-closing-both-tacoma-narrows-bridges/ Both bridges are closed due to large chunks of ice falling from them. There is no estimated time for reopening. Ben

Multiple Issues In Washington

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/01/19_SnowResponse9pm.htm Many roads closed, trees down and power outages. Ben