• Mudslides cancel Northline Sounder service until Thursday

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    EDMONDS, Wash. - Sound Transit officials said Monday a tree and a mudslide on the tracks near Edmonds caused them to cancel service on their Northline route until Thursday morning.

    Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which also uses the tracks, told KIRO 7 reporter Jeff Dubois there was a second mudslide overnight at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in the same area. One slide is 5 feet deep and 100 feet long.

    Sound Transit officials said in a news release they will provide special buses with direct service to and from Seattle from Everett, Mukilteo and Edmonds in the morning.  Bus service will be provided in the early afternoon.  See rider alerts here.

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    Riders may also take regularly scheduled bus service.

    With $16 million provided by the federal government,  Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the state Department of Transportation have constructed several long, tall containment and catchment walls. They also scraped thousands of tons of dirt and brush from the most susceptible slopes to get down to harder glacial pack.

    But officials didn't expect the mitigation efforts would stop landslides altogether and the two recent slides were outside the catchment and containment wall areas they worked on last summer.

    BNSF said there would have been slides that stopped train service before now, had it not been for the new catchment walls. 

    Over the past 100 years, there's been an average of 11 slides a year that block the tracks. But BNSF and WSDOT are hoping the work done this summer and fall will lower that average.



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