Puget Sound Transportation Projects

My thoughts on transportation in the Puget Sound area and transportation issues in general.

Archive for the 'Rail' Category


Information on the Tacoma Union Pacific Tunnel

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2007/04/29/50702/a-tunnel-back-in-time.html 2007 article about the aborted Union Pacific tunnel underneath Downtown Tacoma. Ben

Rescue Mission Buildings Shifting?

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/07/04/2666223/rescue-mission-buildings-shift.html The Tacoma Rescue Mission, which sits next to the Sounder tracks in Downtown Tacoma, appears to be shifting. What is in question is whether or not this is due to the rail construction or the running of the trains. Ben

Take Sounder to the US Open?

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/06/28/2657987/sounder-trains-could-shuttle-fans.html Sound Transit is exploring the possibility of running Sounder trains to the 2015 US Open. Trains could run around Point Defiance and drop off right at the course. This is an excellent idea. The Sounder gets heavy usage for special events already. Ben

Extra Amtrak Cascades Service Ends

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/06/Temporary_SEA-BEL_Amtrak_Cascades_service_ends_as_I-5_reopens.htm The additional Amtrak Cascades runs between Seattle and Bellingham will be ending now that a temporary bridge has been put in place over the Skagit River. Hopefully the extra trains helped with the traffic situation up there. Ben

Special Train Service to Serve North Sound

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/05/Amtrak_WSDOT_BNSF_add_train_to_Help_after_I-5_Bridge_Collapse.htm A partnership of WSDOT, Sound Transit, Amtrak and BNSF will add one extra round trip daily between Seattle and Bellingham using Sounder trains. This is to help with congestion in the area due to the loss of the Interstate 5 bridge. This is great news for the area. Hopefully this will help […]

Lakewood Sues to Stop Point Defiance Bypass Project

From The News Tribune: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/street/2013/03/28/suit-seeks-to-stop-rerouting-of-amtrak-trains-through-lakewood/ Lakewood is suing to prevent the Point Defiance Bypass project from going forward, claiming the environmental review didn’t look at traffic impacts. While we want the project done right, we do need the project done period. Hopefully the lawsuit won’t result in costly delays like what happened with Seattle Link […]

Point Defiance Bypass Project Receives FONSI

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/03/04_point_defiance_bypass_FONSI_issued.htm It has been determined that the Point Defiance Bypass has no detriment to the environment. This means that design can move ahead. This is excellent news. Amtrak Cascades ridership has been increasing. We need the bypass route to support more trains. Ben

Streetcar Woes in the International District

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/A-streetcar-named-trouble-is-causing-pain-in-the-Intl-District-191618471.html Streetcar construction is unfortunately blocking access to shops in the International District. However having a working streetcar should increase access to this neighborhood. Hang in there. Ben

Bring Back the Waterfront Trolley

From KIRO-TV: http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/group-hopes-bring-back-seattles-waterfront-trolley/nWB2G/ A group named Save our Streetcar (Again) hopes to bring back the Seattle Waterfront trolley. They believe the timing is right with the impending removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The trolley was an excellent way to travel along the waterfront and it has been deeply missed. Let’s hope this group can […]

Rail Partners Explore Slide Options

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/01/24_rail_mudslide_solutions.htm Rail partners, including BNSF and WSDOT, are exploring solutions to the mudslides that have shut down Northbound train service for almost the entire month of December. This is great news. The Northbound Sounder has been all but useless due to the mudslides and it also blocks Empire Builder and Cascades service as […]