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  •  Well, I think the 100's of curves is (1+ / 0-)
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    an understatement.  

    The tracks from Seattle to Everet (3 track main in most spots) is shared between commuter, passenger, std freight and coal traffic.  Amtrack Cascades is even one of the "Sounder" runs each way, every day.

    I tried planning a rail commute to work a while back (I have a 40 mile commute).  I'd have catch the first train to Seattle, 5:45 AM, to catch the last morning train to Tacoma.  Get off at Tukwilla, catch a local bus and walk the last 1/2 mile.  Good news is that with an ORCA card, it's only $4.50 each way.  Bad news is that each trip takes 1 hr and 46 minutes.  

    Sadly, carpooling saves me 2 hours and only costs $2.50 more on the round trip......

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    by markdd on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 08:22:22 AM PDT

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