Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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Archive for the 'Rail' Category


Northline Sounder Commuters are Hanging On

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020054388_sounder04m.html Near-constant mudslides continue to block Sounder traffic on the Northline, yet commuters continue to want to use the service. It is unfortunate there isn’t the will to find a permanent fix to the mudslides that keep blocking service. Ben

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 […]

Lakewood Dislikes Amtrak Bypass Project

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/11/06/2357014/lakewood-leaders-not-fans-of-amtrak.html Lakewood is unhappy with the proposal to route Amtrak trains through town as part of the Point Defiance Bypass project. They cite lack of tunnels/overpasses for traffic as part of the problem. It should be noted however that the main trains to use this line will be the high speed […]

Council Pushing to Delay Eastlake Streetcar Study

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019562946_streetcars31m.html The Seattle City Council wants to push a study of a possible Eastlake streetcar to 2014. The costs will only continue to increase. Now is the time to make a plan and execute on it. Ben

State Seeks Input on Rail Plan

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/10/25_state-rail-plan-public-opinion.htm Public workshops will allow comment on the state rail plan. We should all try to get involved with this. Ben

Panel Says Buses Better Than North Sounder

From The Everett Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20121015/NEWS01/710159923 A study says increasing bus service would be more effective than the North Sounder line in moving people. The North line suffers from a lack of parking, stations, runs and is often blocked by mudslides. I must admit, with the extension of Link to Northgate there is little reason to […]

Point Defiance Bypass Environmental Study Complete

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/10/8_PointDefianceBypass.htm The environmental study is now complete for the Point Defiance Bypass project. Let’s see this move ahead. Ben

Win a Ticket For the Sounder Lakewood to Tacoma First Ride

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/rider-community/rider-news/lakewood-1st-ride-promotion.xml Win a ride on the Sounder from Lakewood to Tacoma the week of September 24th, before service even starts. Follow the directions at the link above. Ben

Lakewood Sounder Route to Open

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/09/13/2294212/lakewood-sounder-route-finally.html The long-awaited Lakewood to Tacoma Sounder route will begin service October 8th. Free rides will be given between Lakewood and the Dome October 6th. This is great news. As a daily Sounder rider, I have found many of my co-riders are already coming from Lakewood. This will be great for […]