Freight derailment forces cancellation of afternoon Sounder service to Tacoma; service to resume Thursday

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Sound Transit's popular Sounder service will not be able to make its normal Seattle-to-Tacoma runs for today's afternoon commute because of a Union Pacific Railroad freight derailment, the agency announced today. The derailment is blocking the mainline between Tukwila and Seattle. Sounder's service between Everett and Seattle is not affected.

"We urge our Sounder commuters to utilize the many existing alternative bus services between Seattle and Tacoma," said Marty Minkoff, Sound Transit's Director of Transportation Services. "Our Web site - at - will have a list of the available options to help minimize the inconvenience."

Minkoff added that there will be LIMITED special bus service for Sounder riders at Seattle's King Street Station. These buses will make stops at Sounder's regular stations.

"The good news is that we expect to have a return to service for tomorrow's morning's commute," said Minkoff.

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