Rail - Tacoma - Bypass of Point Defiance - New Amtrak Cascades Station at Freighthouse Square

Updated December 2017

Station work completed
Construction work on the station is complete.
*Due to the Dec. 18 derailment, trains will be arriving and departing from the previous Tacoma Amtrak station, 1001 Puyalllup Ave., for the foreseeable future. The station at Freighthouse Square is not operating at this time.

WSDOT, Tacoma officials celebrate station construction kickoff July 13

TACOMA – City, state and railroad officials will celebrate the start of construction of the new Amtrak Cascades station in Tacoma's Freighthouse Square with a construction kickoff ceremony Wednesday, July 13 at the station.

Contract awarded for new station; construction starts in June.

May 11, 2016
WSDOT has awarded the construction contract for the new Tacoma Amtrak Cascades Station. Construction will begin June 6, with the new station opening in fall of 2017.

Amtrak Cascades station moving forward in Tacoma's Freighthouse Square

March 24, 2017
WSDOT is pleased to announce it has finalized a possession and use agreement with the owner of Freighthouse Square. This allows construction of the new Amtrak Cascades station to move forward while the courts settle on a fair purchase amount, as part of the eminent domain process.

The station construction project will be advertised for bid on April 4, with work beginning in June. The new station will open in 2017.

While the purchase price for the section of the building remains to be determined, WSDOT is pleased the legal process has helped keep this project on track and within federal grant deadlines.

Final Design Sketches Shared at Open House

November 2015

Freighthouse Square station Oct. 2015

Freighthouse Square station interior October 2015

Final designs for the new Amtrak Cascades station in Tacoma's Freighthouse Square were shared during an Oct. 27 open house on the UW-Tacoma campus. Participants got to learn more about interior and exterior designs, the timeline and the overall Point Defiance Bypass project.
Construction of the new station will begin in spring 2016. The new station will open in 2017.

Oct. 27 Open House presentation (pdf 4.5 mb)