Washington, Oregon and Amtrak sponsor Amtrak Cascades intercity passenger rail service between Vancouver, B.C. and Eugene, OR.
WSDOT is investing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail funds to deliver critical rail infrastructure improvements that will expand travel choices and foster economic growth across our state. The work involves 20 high-speed rail projects.
Work is being down throughout the 300-mile Amtrak Cascades corridor in Washington, detailed in this project map (pdf 1mb).
Expand and improve Washington's Amtrak Cascades service between Portland, OR, and Vancouver, B.C.
Passenger Rail in Washington & Oregon
- Top speeds of 79 mph.
- Shared track with freight trains.
- 300-mile corridor in Washington; 467 miles total.
- Grow the Amtrak Cascades service.
- Make the service schedule more reliable by reducing rail congestion on the main line.
- Develop the passenger rail corridor for future growth.
- Two additional round trips between Seattle and Portland; for a total of six daily.
- Improved on-time performance and schedule reliability.
- Shorter travel times.
Types of Improvements
- New bypass tracks to add capacity.
- Upgrades to warning signal systems.
- Safety-related improvements.
- Station upgrades.
- Eight new locomotives.
- Multiple upgrades to existing track throughout the state.
- Washington state received nearly $800 million in federal high-speed rail funds.
How can I get more information?
WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407