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Temporary Seattle-Bellingham Amtrak Cascades service ends as I-5 reopens

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Date:  Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Contact: Laura Kingman, WSDOT rail marketing manager, 360-791-0984 (Olympia)
Lars Erickson, WSDOT communications director, 360-705-7076 (Olympia) Vernaé Graham, Amtrak media relations, 510-238-4360 (Oakland)
Kimberly Reason, Sound Transit media relations, 206-689-3343 (Seattle)
Gus Melonas, BNSF Railway regional director of public affairs, 260-625-6220 (Seattle)

Four trains, 10 buses per day between Seattle and Vancouver, BC, still help people get where they need to go

SEATTLE – With the temporary bridge nearly in place over the Skagit River and Interstate 5 soon back in business, the additional Washington State Department of Transportation-sponsored Amtrak Cascades service between Seattle and Bellingham will be discontinued. Space is available on regularly scheduled Amtrak Cascades trains and Thruway Motorcoach buses.

Amtrak, Sound Transit and BNSF stepped up in the hours after the bridge collapse to help WSDOT quickly offer another mobility option for the traveling public,” said Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. “I am grateful for these efforts, and that this partnership came together at a critical moment to find solutions for Washingtonians.”

Gus Melonas, BNSF Railway regional director of public affairs said, “BNSF was pleased to help provide assistance for travelers during this crisis situation.”

“We are thankful we could help the community and now it is time to get back to running our normally scheduled trains and delivering our rail-construction projects,” said WSDOT Rail Division Director Ron Pate.

Space is available on trains and buses and reservations are required. Tickets are available online or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. In addition to rail service, Amtrak Cascades offers 10 Thruway bus trips through the area daily.

Hyperlinks within the news release:
· Amtrak Cascades: http://www.amtrakcascades.com/
· Amtrak: http://www.amtrak.com/
· Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/
· BNSF: http://www.bnsf.com/
· rail-construction projects: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Rail/Projects.htm

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