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Passenger Rail Partnerships

Operating and maintaining the Amtrak Cascades service requires many partnerships.

Track Ownership

Amtrak Cascades trains run on privately-owned rail line:

  • BNSF owns the tracks in Washington and British Columbia.
  • Union Pacific owns the tracks in Oregon.
  • Canadian National provides dispatching in British Columbia.

Service Operator

Amtrak operates the equipment for the service and provides oversight of certain maintenance activities. 

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Train Ownership Amtrak Cascades rolls past Puget Sound


  • WSDOT owns three of the trainsets.
  • Amtrak owns two trainsets and all the locomotives.
  • Oregon is buying two new trainsets
  • Washington will be buying one more trainset and eight locomotives.

Funding Partners

The states of Washington and Oregon, Amtrak, and passengers pay for the Amtrak Cascades service. The United States and Canada pay for border security. Please see our funding page for more information.

Train Equipment Maintenance

Washington pays Amtrak and train-manufacturer Talgo to maintain Amtrak Cascades equipment.

Multiple Contracts and Agreements

To manage the Amtrak Cascades partnerships we have several contracts and agreements in place. These documents specify the responsibilities of each partner.