When we were losing the farm and looking for somewhere (anywhere but the back of the Suburban) to live I locked into OCD mode and started my research by polling some of my co-workers. I asked them where they lived (duh), how they liked it, and what their commute was like. It wasn’t as though my commute could get much worse than 2+ hours each way but I wanted to know what to expect.
I discovered a LOT of my coworkers lived north of Seattle. They expounded about its beauty, friendliness, lower tax bracket. Commute times ranged as I would expect since some folks lived further north than others. Most commutes involved riding the bus for a lonnng time. Not my cup of tea. But I knew the Sounder (commuter train) ran between Everett and Seattle because a former attorney with our office took it. When it ran that is.
In spite of the extremely high marks for the north, I focused my search on the south. I wasn’t born yesterday. In Seattle it rains … a LOT. But unless you’re from another planet you probably knew that. Knowing it intellectually is a bit different from knowing it up close and personal. We get multiple flood warnings from Fall through Spring and invariably there’s a whole slew of mudslides in the area. One of the areas hardest hit by mudslides is up north, near the commuter rail line. This is from today’s Seattle Times: “Mudslides have prompted several service cancellations since Thanksgiving week.” (Alexa Vaughn). This is from a news item about train service resuming today for the Seattle-Everett route. It also recommends watching the Sounder website as more storms are expected and conditions can change accordingly.
The trains to and from my home in the south have been delayed but never cancelled as long as I’ve been riding them. That’s peace of mind right there. It doesn’t hurt that our place is only ten minutes from the train station. So my commute went from more than two hours one way to about an hour and a half. In my book that’s a WIN!
Now if they’d only figure out a way to cover the station platform so when the monsoons hit we don’t get drenched.