Station Stop Policy Guidance Document

Publication Number
M 3125
Publication Version
July 2016
Publication Date
Manual Manager
Cheryl McNamara; 360-705-7490; mcnamac@wsdot.wa.gov
Originator
WSDOT Rail, Freight, and Ports Division and ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division
Subject
Guidance document to assist local governments, transportation agencies and authorities, communities and other stakeholders in the development, clarification and review of station stop proposals.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) adopted a corridor-wide policy on station stops for the state-sponsored Amtrak Cascades service on June 1, 2016. The Station Stop Policy formally establishes a consistent and transparent process and approach for determining the value and benefit of proposed station stop changes to the Amtrak Cascades corridor.

This guidance is a companion document to the policy. It details an information gathering and evaluation process to inform decision making regarding proposals to change station stops for Amtrak Cascades service. The process was developed in coordination with an advisory committee and stakeholders who represent a variety of perspectives along the Amtrak Cascades corridor. It is a process the service providers (e.g., WSDOT, ODOT) will follow and is intended to assist local governments, transportation agencies and authorities, communities and other stakeholders in the development, clarification and review of station stop proposals.

It is important to recognize that use of this guidance does not guarantee agreement or approval regarding proposals, and does not eliminate the need for coordination with WSDOT and ODOT.

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