Tadman wrote:there should be a 3x/week Sounder as a boat train that meets the ferry and then stops in Seattle and Seatac.
For so many reasons that isn't going to happen; most importantly the fact that Bellingham is not in the Sound Transit District, and voters just approved a huge 30+ year capital project schedule for projects within the district. Build in Bellingham and you'll piss off four million people pretty quickly.
That, and Sea-Tac doesn't even have a railroad track much less a station, so that'd be a several billion dollar project tearing down a lot of homes. When there is already a light rail line (Central Link) from Union Station (just across the street from King Street) to the Sea-Tac parking garage, why duplicate what is already there? Surely the riders won't be that inconvenienced, having already transferred from a ferry to a train and they will ultimately have to transfer from a train to a plane... (Seriously, if they were in a rush, the LAST thing they would do is take a ferry and a train, when there is plenty of sea-plane service that can fly them directly to one of four airports with commercial air service - Vancouver, Victoria, Bellingham and Sea-Tac).
If there is so much ridership in Bellingham, the question becomes why not take off one of the poorly performing Portland-Eugene runs and move it north, possibly as a second Portland-Vancouver train?