HIGH SPEED PASSENGER RAIL IN WASHINGTON AND OREGON:
- Top speeds of 79 mph to as high as 90 mph.
- Shared track with freight trains.
- Washington state has secured $735 million in federal stimulus money to improve the Amtrak Cascades rail corridor from Portland to Vancouver, B.C.
- Expand and improve Washington's Amtrak Cascades service as a viable travel option between Seattle and Portland
- Grow the Amtrak Cascades service
- Make the service more reliable by reducing rail congestion on the main line
- Develop the passenger rail corridor for future growth
$735 million (ARRA):
$15 million (ARRA from Florida)
$31 million (NON-ARRA)
- Two additional daily round trips between Seattle and Portland, for a total of six; Additional service starts in 2017
- Improved on-time performance and reliability
- Travel time reduction
Types of improvements:
- New bypass tracks to add capacity
- Multiple upgrades to existing track
- Upgrades to advanced warning signal systems
- Safety-related projects, station upgrades, eight new locomotives and one new train set
CURRENT PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE
Along with the state of Oregon and Amtrak, Washington sponsors AmtrakCascades intercity passenger rail service which travels between Vancouver, B.C., and Eugene, OR.
Daily round trip service includes:
- One trip between Seattle and Portland
- Two trips between Seattle and Eugene, Ore., via Portland
- One trip between Portland and Vancouver, B.C.
- One trip between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.
Strong ridership growth:
- 2010 ridership was up 10 percent from 2009.
- 2010 ridership: 840,000 passengers
- Farebox recovery grew from 54 percent in 2009 to 61 percent in 2010.