Mudslides and snow hamper Amtrak, Sound Transit

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SEATTLE — Passenger rail service is suspended north of Seattle following a mudslide along BNSF Railway tracks along the Puget Sound. The slide is affecting both Sound Transit and Amtrak’s Cascades and Empire Builder services.

The slide came down on Wednesday, according to the Seattle Times. BNSF policy prohibits the operation of passenger trains for 48 hours after a slide meaning passenger service will not return until at least Friday. Some alternative bus service was being offered between Seattle and Everett, Wash. Amtrak, BNSF, and Sound Transit have long struggled with mudslides along Puget Sound and have spent millions of dollars in recent years on slope stabilization and drainage projects.

Meanwhile, heavy snow and strong winds delayed two Amtrak Empire Builder trains in North Dakota, one of which got stuck in a massive snowdrift near Rugby, N.D., according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. The newspaper reports that it took numerous attempts to free the train as well as dozens of BNSF employees to help clear snow from underneath and along the train.

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