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High-Speed Passenger Rail

November 2013

  • WSDOT has secured its entire $800 million funding awarded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • Washington has 20 rail capital improvement projects underway, with five projects underway in 2012 and five more beginning construction in 2013.
  • Watch a brief video about our rail program featuring former Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond.


Washington received nearly $800 million in federal High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail funds to deliver critical rail infrastructure improvements that will expand travel choices, preserve the ability to move freight, and foster economic growth across our state. These improvements are being made along the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor, a 466-mile rail corridor running between Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia.

This funding is part of $8 billion awarded to states across the country in 2010 to develop America’s first nationwide program of high-speed intercity passenger rail service.

As a result of this funding, two additional daily round trips are planned between Seattle and Portland, for a total of six, as well as improved schedule reliability, and reduced travel times.

Washington will benefit from critical infrastructure investments that will improve mobility in congested areas along the corridor, create and preserve jobs, foster economic growth, and improve air quality across our state.

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WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407