Project Info

Rail - Corridor Reliability Upgrades South - Complete May 2017

This project, in addition to a project north of Everett, upgraded and improved track quality, travel times, and passenger comfort along the entire Amtrak Cascades corridor.

In this southern section, (Nisqually area to Columbia River), WSDOT installed new track, 33 turnouts and switches at 12 control points.

How you benefit

Improves safety
Modern switches and control points were added to the corridor. This also helps meet Positive Train Control standards, which is designed to automatically stop trains before certain crashes occur.

Relieves congestion
Upgrading the tracks allows Amtrak Cascades trains to maintain maximum speeds over longer distances, cutting down on congestion and delays. Improving the overall service also gives travelers more travel options.

Economic incentive
This work helps reach the overall goal of adding two additional daily round trips between Seattle and Portland, making the state run Amtrak Cascades service more convenient and attractive to travelers.

Partnerships & cooperation
This project is funded through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
WSDOT worked closely with both the Federal Railroad Administration and BNSF Railway to complete this project.


WSDOT received federal high speed rail funds from the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
Project Budget: $81.75 million

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

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Example of track that needs repair.