Rail performance reports

Providing information about rail planning and performance in Washington state.

2019 Washington State Rail Plan

The 2019 Washington State Rail Plan focuses on freight and passenger rail in Washington state by analyzing existing rail systems, identifying trends, outlining suggested strategies and setting forth an investment plan for infrastructure and equipment. The 2019 version of the plan is an update to the 2013 State Rail Plan (PDF 8.2MB).

Amtrak Cascades performance reports

The Amtrak Cascades intercity passenger rail system is a service of the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). As managers of the system and good stewards of state funds, we are committed to monitoring and reporting on Amtrak Cascades’ performance.

Recent planning efforts

Ultra-High-Speed Transportation studies – We joined our partners from ODOT, the Province of British Columbia and Microsoft to complete a business case study in 2019 on ultra-high-speed ground transportation that would reduce trip times from Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia and Portland, Oregon to one hour each.

Fleet Management Plan – We collaborated with ODOT to develop a Fleet Management Plan (PDF 2MB) to maximize operation, maintenance and procurement of passenger rail equipment for the Amtrak Cascades fleet. The plan was approved in 2017 and is required by federally funded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) program, which is administered by the Federal Railroad Administration.

Freight System Plan – We completed the 2017 Washington State Freight System Plan (PDF 2,927KB), which was submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and certified in December 2017.

Station Stop Policy – We worked with ODOT and an advisory committee to develop and finalize a corridor-wide Station Stop Policy Guidance Document (PDF 3.5MB) for proposals to add, remove or skip station stops for Amtrak Cascades service. The policy was signed in June 2016.

Zero emission electric vehicle registrations in Washington

increased 192% between 2017 and 2021.

45 projects to improve freight rail structures and freight movement

were underway as of December 31, 2021.

Washington state leveraged $100,000 to secure $27 million

in funding for airport investments in Fiscal Year 2022.