January was supposed to be the best month to replace worn-out rails in downtown Seattle, but the light rail corridor is still so busy some trains are taking 35 minutes to arrive this week, instead of the already-dismal 26 minutes between trips Sound Transit warned everybody about.

Crowded boarding platforms, confused customers and a technical snafu added extra travel time to the weekday slowdowns already caused by single-tracking, when trains take turns going around the downtown construction zone.




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