You are here

ABOUT

Amtrak Cascades is a serivce of the states of Washington and Oregon. 

Due to a Federal Act, since October of 2013, the ownership and management of Amtrak Cascades now sits fully with the states of Washington and Oregon. While the states coordinate responsibilities, Washington is chiefly responsible for the service in Washington and British Columbia, and Oregon is chiefly responsible for service in Oregon.

Amtrak Cascades trains connect 18 cities along the I-5 corridor including Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, BC, and Eugene, Oregon. Skip traffic. Take the train. 

Current daily round trip service includes:

  • Four daily round trips between Portland and Seattle
  • Two daily round trips between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Two daily round trips between Eugene and Portland

WSDOT invests in Amtrak Cascades and will add more trains in 2017 

  • Work is underway on $800 million in rail improvements resulting in faster, more reliable Amtrak Cascades service.
  • This work is part of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to deliver incremental and critical rail infrastructure improvements for emerging high-speed rail service. The work expands travel choices and fosters economic growth in Washington state.
  • By 2017, we will add two more round trips between Seattle and Portland; more choices, more flexibility, and a great choice for business travel.

Amtrak Cascades is funded primarily by ticket revenues, with the balance of operating costs paid for the states of Washington and Oregon. For questions and comments regarding Washington and Oregon's involvement in intercity passenger rail and Amtrak Cascades, please contact WSDOT or ODOT.
 

WSDOT is responsible for Amtrak Cascades service in Washington and British Columbia:

Washington State Department of Transportation
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407
rail@wsdot.wa.gov
www.wsdot.wa.gov/rail

 

ODOT is responsible for Amtrak Cascades service in Oregon:

Oregon State Department of Transportation
555 13th St SE
Salem, OR 97301- 3871 
raildivision@odot.state.or.us
www.oregon.gov/ODOT/rail_truck_freight

Washington and Oregon strive to:

  • Provide an efficient, safe and cost-effective alternative to highway and air travel.
  • Support future growth and operate an efficient, high-quality intercity passenger rail service that helps minimize the need for state subsidies.
  • Be sensitive to community and environmental impacts, and business costs.
  • Integrate with local roadway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian transportation networks.