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Passenger rail service on the BNSF Railway between Seattle and Everett was canceled for  48 hours Monday afternoon, according to BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas. (Sound Transit bus information is below.)

Since 7 p.m., Sunday, five landslides have blocked the BNSF tracks, according to Melonas, who says the heavy rains Sunday are to blame. All of the slides have been quickly cleared, and freight service has resumed on the line, he said.

The latest slide, 30 feet wide, 20 feet long and 10 feet deep, occurred in the Carkeek Park area of Seattle at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, Melonas said. It reset the start of the 48-hour moratorium on passenger service that always follows a landslide onto the tracks.

The moratorium means there will be no Amtrak or Sounder service on the line until Wednesday afternoon, and then only if BNSF’s engineering and geotechnical evaluation determines the slope adjacent to the tracks is safe. Melonas said inspectors will be working through the night to make sure the hillside is stable.

South line: Sound Transit also issued a rider alert that the 1508 (6:26 a.m. Lakewood departure) was canceled due to a mechanical issue. Riders can take buses or the 1510, which departs at 6:46 a.m. from Lakewood.

Sound Transit has provided the following details on substitute bus service Monday evening for the Seattle-to-Everett route:

All special direct service buses will allow pre-boarding at 5th Ave & Weller St. The buses will arrive at 4th Ave S. & S. Jackson St. for final boarding and departure at the times listed below.

Seattle – Edmonds: Special buses to Edmonds Station will depart 4th Ave S. & S. Jackson St. at 4:05 pm, 4:33 pm, 5:05 pm, and 5:35 pm. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit route 416 at 5th Ave & James St. at 3:57 pm, 4:27 pm, 4:58 pm, 5:31 pm, and 5:57 pm.

Seattle – Mukilteo: Special buses to Mukilteo Station will depart 4th Ave S. & S. Jackson St. at 4:05 pm, 5:05 pm, and 5:35 pm. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit route 417 at 4th Ave S. & S. Jackson St. at 3:09 pm, 3:59 pm, 4:22 pm, 4:50 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6:00 pm.

Seattle – Everett: Special buses to Everett Station will depart 4th Ave S. & S. Jackson St. at 4:05 pm, 4:33 pm, 5:05 pm, and 5:35 pm. Riders may also board regularly scheduled ST Express route 510 at 4th Ave S. & S. Jackson St. approximately every 10-15 minutes.

Edmonds – Mukilteo:

  • Take Community Transit route 116 to Lynwood Transit Center
  • Transfer to Community Transit route 113

Edmonds – Everett:

  • Take Community Transit route 116 to Ash Way P&R
  • Transfer to ST Express 532

Mukilteo – Everett:

  • Take Everett Transit route 18 at Hwy 525 & Front St.