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opspe:
The old station in Tukwila seemed pretty temporary if I recall, lots of coated plywood.  There's some sidings in Marysville north of 4th that might have worked for that, but they're probably unusable due to lack of maintenance.

Very unrelated : does anyone remember an erroneous sign in downtown Port Angeles, where SR 112 was mistakenly signed as US 112?

Ace10:
Add me to the list of members having some connection to Washington. Though I live south of the Columbia now, I did live for a year in Vancouver and have driven a few times to Seattle and up to/in BC.

TEG24601:

--- Quote from: Bruce on May 21, 2016, 07:23:44 PM ---For the past few weeks, WSDOT has been conducting weekend lane closures and reductions on Interstate 5 between Everett and Marysville as part of a project to repair 41 expansion joints on the bridges crossing sloughs in the area. It's been horrific, and some have even called it worse than the viaduct closure.

Worst part is that there was 0 mitigation. No shuttles, no encouragement to use transit (or extra service), nothing. It would've been wise to run a daily Sounder train to Marysville (using a temporary platform somewhere) to bypass the slowdowns on I-5 and SR 529 (where traffic spilled over, disrupting bus service to the train).

--- End quote ---


Hell, I'd go so far as to say that the Sounder should be running, all the time, from Stanwood to Seattle, with a stop in Marysville.  Also, expand operational times to outside commute times, and add holiday runs.  If they did that, I'd be much more inclined to go to Seattle to "hang out".


--- Quote from: opspe on May 21, 2016, 09:21:25 PM ---The old station in Tukwila seemed pretty temporary if I recall, lots of coated plywood.  There's some sidings in Marysville north of 4th that might have worked for that, but they're probably unusable due to lack of maintenance.

--- End quote ---


The Tukwilla station predated 9/11 and was still partially partially plywood until after 2012, if I recall.

Bruce:

--- Quote from: TEG24601 on May 23, 2016, 01:54:35 PM ---
--- Quote from: Bruce on May 21, 2016, 07:23:44 PM ---For the past few weeks, WSDOT has been conducting weekend lane closures and reductions on Interstate 5 between Everett and Marysville as part of a project to repair 41 expansion joints on the bridges crossing sloughs in the area. It's been horrific, and some have even called it worse than the viaduct closure.

Worst part is that there was 0 mitigation. No shuttles, no encouragement to use transit (or extra service), nothing. It would've been wise to run a daily Sounder train to Marysville (using a temporary platform somewhere) to bypass the slowdowns on I-5 and SR 529 (where traffic spilled over, disrupting bus service to the train).

--- End quote ---


Hell, I'd go so far as to say that the Sounder should be running, all the time, from Stanwood to Seattle, with a stop in Marysville.  Also, expand operational times to outside commute times, and add holiday runs.  If they did that, I'd be much more inclined to go to Seattle to "hang out".

--- End quote ---

Stanwood might be a bit much, given that there isn't much out there. Marysville at least has 70K potential commuters and is growing faster than any other city in the metro area.

As for extra runs, that's up to BNSF, especially on the North Line. The negotiations for extending existing runs to Marysville would take longer than Link to Everett.

The South Line is similarly hampered, but there's been nice proposals to switch all freight traffic to the UPRR and triple-track the mainline and transfer it to ST (which would allow for a lot more scheduled trains).

jakeroot:

--- Quote from: Bruce on May 23, 2016, 03:09:53 PM ---As for extra runs, that's up to BNSF, especially on the North Line. The negotiations for extending existing runs to Marysville would take longer than Link to Everett.

--- End quote ---

If they want extra runs, I think they need to build some sort of retaining wall between the tracks and the hillside north of Seattle. Seems like every other week during the winter, a slide closes the tracks.

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