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National rail strike would cancel Sounder commuter rail service

Sounder customers would need to seek alternative transportation

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In the event of a national rail strike, Sounder commuter rail service between Everett and Lakewood and Seattle would be canceled beginning Friday, September 16 until workers return. Sounder will operate regular service on Thursday, September 15. 

Sounder trains are operated by unionized BNSF Railways employees under contract on tracks owned by BNSF. Sounder trains are also dispatched by BNSF employees affected by a potential strike. 

Sound Transit is working with its partners to add additional bus service on existing ST Express routes that overlap with Sounder where possible.