Amtrak will add a second round trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 7th. The announcement was sent to both the Washington State Dept. of Transportation and Oregon DOT, bringing the Amtrak Cascades train back to its pre-pandemic service level. In addition, the announcement noted that the number of trains between Seattle and Portland will rise from four to six daily this fall.
Senator Maria Cantwell noted in a press release, “I’m thankful that Amtrak is finally on the path to fully restore service in the Pacific Northwest. I-5 corridor in the State of Washington is one of the most congested corridors in the nation and the Cascades service provides a convenient alternative to travelers. I will work to make sure Amtrak meets its commitment to restore additional service to Vancouver B.C. by March 7th and add two trips this fall.” Senator Cantwell is the Chair of the Senate Committee of Commerce, Science and Transportation.
The route from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. was suspended in May of 2020 by the pandemic. One of the two routes resumed service in September of last year. Prior to the pandemic, more than three quarters of a million riders used the rail route from Vancouver south into Oregon.
Last year’s federal infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden set aside $22 billion to enhance Amtrak service and resources. A new fleet of Northwest themed trains are slated to make their debut in 2026. According to Washington State DOT, the trains will have an evergreen and mocha color scheme with graphics of Mount Rainier and Mount Hood on each car.
Senator Cantwell added, “We had a pandemic and we had disruption of services in key areas across the West. We’re not messing around here. We’re not messing around here when it comes to the re-establishing (of) these services.”
Amtrak Cascade train service has North Sound stops in Edmonds, Everett, Stanwood, Mt. Vernon, and Bellingham.