Freight and passenger railroads seek cooperation, compromise on joint lines

May 18, 2017

By Jeff Stagl, Managing Editor, Progressive Railroading Magazine

Sound Transit’s Sounder commuter-rail service runs between Everett, Seattle and Lakewood, Wash., on tracks owned by BNSF Railway Co. The transit agency owns the stations and provides security, while the Class I operates Sounder trains and Amtrak maintains them.

BNSF is exploring the possibility of establishing a command center in the Seattle area to co-locate all parties involved in Sounder operations. Sound Transit officials back that effort because they believe a local governing facility would enable each party to have a representative available to promptly respond to issues as they arise and elicit joint input on service matters.

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