Rail projects

High-Speed rail projects

WSDOT has completed delivery of 20 critical rail infrastructure projects to improve passenger rail travel choices, preserve the ability to move freight and foster economic growth across our state. The Cascades High-Speed Rail Program used nearly $800 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail funds to increase service reliability; reduce travel times; and add two more Amtrak Cascades round trips between Seattle and Portland. Several of the projects were recognized with national, state and local awards.

Use of new station in bypass route on hold due to December 2017 derailment 
Construction work on all 20 projects is complete, but use of the new Point Defiance Bypass route and the new Amtrak Cascades Tacoma Dome Station are on hold for the foreseeable future due to the Dec. 18, 2017, derailment. The additional service between Seattle and Portland also is on hold due to the derailment. Amtrak Cascades trains continue to run using the previous route and Tacoma travelers will use the previous Amtrak station, 1001 Puyallup Ave. 

New Amtrak Cascades locomotive at King Street Station
New locomotives were purchased for the Amtrak Cascades service was part of the Cascades High-Speed Rail Capital Program.


King Street Station, Seattle, Amtrak Cascades
The historic King Street Station in Seattle was renovated and its tower upgraded to current seismic standards as part of the Cascades High-Speed Rail Capital Program.


The Cascades High-Speed Rail Program work included:

  • Advanced Wayside Signal System
  • Corridor Reliability - Slide Management Projects
  • Corridor Reliability Upgrades - North 
  • Corridor Reliability Upgrades - South
  • Blaine - Swift Customs Facility Siding
  • Mount Vernon - Siding Extension
  • Everett - Storage Track
  • Seattle - King Street Station Track Improvements
  • Tacoma - Point Defiance Bypass
  • Kelso Martin's Bluff - Toteff Siding Extension
  • Kelso Martin's Bluff - New Siding
  • Kelso Martin's Bluff - Kelso to Longview Junction
  • Vancouver - Rail Yard Bypass
  • Vancouver - New Middle Lead
  • Vancouver - Port Access Rail Improvements 
  • Amtrak Cascades New Locomotives
  • Seattle - King Street Station Renovation
  • Tukwila Station
  • New Amtrak Cascades Station at Freighthouse Square (part of overall Tacoma-Point Defiance Bypass project)