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Sound Transit prepares to add second commuter-rail train

Sound Transit recently obtained permits to improve track and signals in Seattle for a second Sounder commuter-rail train between Seattle and Everett, Wash.

The U.S. Corps of Engineers and state Department of Ecology permits will enable Burlington Northern Santa Fe — which owns the track — to begin necessary track and signal upgrades by the end of third-quarter 2005.

The train will be the second of four that Sound Transit plans to operate between Everett and Seattle by the end of 2007. By 2005’s end, the agency plans to obtain permits to complete upgrades in Everett to begin operating the final two trains.

Launched in December 2003, Sounder’s north train currently serves about 300 weekday passengers.

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