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Rail Planning

Workers constructing rail lines in the Pacific Northwest

Strategic planning positions WSDOT to receive funding for improvements.

Recent Planning Efforts

Station Stop Policy
WSDOT and the Oregon Department of Transportation have convened a Station Stop Policy Advisory Committee to help develop a final policy regarding adding, skipping or removing station stops for Amtrak Cascades trains.

State Rail Plan
The Washington State Rail Plan serves as a strategic blueprint for future public investment in the state's freight and passenger rail transportation system. The plan has been approved by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Washington Transportation Secretary.

Washington and Oregon Cascades Rail Corridor Plan
Washington State Department of Transportation and Oregon Department of Transportation are working together to jointly manage the Cascades Rail Corridor. It is anticipated that this change will help deliver customer expectations, increase ridership, and develop intercity passenger rail service as a viable transportation choice.

Fleet Management Plan to identify strategies to maximize train equipment
WSDOT is developing the Fleet Management Plan (pdf 1.5mb), in partnership with ODOT, to maximize the optimal longevity of the Amtrak Cascades fleet. A draft report was submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration in June 2015, and a final plan is expected by the end of 2015. The plan is a federal requirement through the ARRA program.

Amtrak Cascades New Stop Evaluation – Auburn Vicinity
The Washington State Legislature directed WSDOT to study the feasibility of an Amtrak Cascades stop at Auburn, and to conduct a market analysis of adding or changing stops on the route. The New Stop Evaluation – Auburn (pdf 1.7mb) study provides an analysis of a potential Auburn stop based on benefits and disadvantages for the service, corridor-wide. The New Stop Evaluation - Auburn Folio (pdf 3.2mb) highlights the key findings.

Cascades Corridor Station Design Criteria
Considering strategies to minimize station costs is part of WSDOT's efforts to reduce total operating costs and increase ridership on Amtrak Cascades. The station design criteria document establishes minimum requirements for scaling stations based on ridership, functionality and service characteristics that incorporate cost-effective and practical enhancements.

Previous Plans

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