Sounder commuter rail http://www.kplu.org en Mudslides continue to plague rail traffic north of Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/mudslides-continue-plague-rail-traffic-north-seattle <p>Mudslides continue to shut down train tracks, and halt passenger rail traffic north of Seattle.</p><p>Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says tracks between Seattle and Everett have been shut down for passenger trains 95 percent of the time since Thanksgiving.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:11:39 +0000 The Associated Press & Bellamy Pailthorp 7521 at http://www.kplu.org Mudslides continue to plague rail traffic north of Seattle Taxpayers funding North Sounder train service at $29 per passenger http://www.kplu.org/post/taxpayers-funding-north-sounder-train-service-29-passenger <p>It's usually easy to find an empty seat on Sound Transit's Sounder commuter trains running between Seattle and Everett.</p><p>The trains are typically one-third full, serving about 1,100 passengers on four trains a day. That's about half as many passengers as officials expected in 2003 when they made the deal to expand the service 35 miles north.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/Ttx6l7" target="_blank">The Seattle Times reports</a>&nbsp;taxpayers subsidize the service at a cost of about $29 for each passenger trip.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:44:57 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU 6735 at http://www.kplu.org Taxpayers funding North Sounder train service at $29 per passenger Washington hopes to benefit from rejected Florida rail funds http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-hopes-benefit-rejected-florida-rail-funds <p>Today is the deadline for Washington and other states to apply for a share of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/us/17rail.html">more than $2 billion in federal high-speed rail money that Florida rejected</a>. State officials hope to use some of that money to tackle landslides that have made rail travel this winter unreliable.</p><p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 11:56:29 +0000 Liam Moriarty 1128 at http://www.kplu.org Washington hopes to benefit from rejected Florida rail funds