Next step in return to the Point Defiance Bypass
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is conducting its final review and the hope is that passenger trains will begin running on the tracks paralleling I-5 before Thanksgiving 2021. The exact date for resumption of service will be announced shortly. Those living and working in the area are encouraged to watch for trains and stay safe around the tracks.
Sound Transit and Amtrak are ready to return passenger train service to the inland route that parallels I-5 between Tacoma, Lakewood, JBLM, and DuPont. Those wanting to learn more about the many steps that have been taken since the 2017 derailment in DuPont can watch a recent DuPont City Council meeting
where Sound Transit, Amtrak and WSDOT presented an update.
Final test runs will occur on Saturday, November 6 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Trains will run at speeds up to 79 mph.
Those crossing the tracks are urged to obey all gates and signals. Do not stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks or try to outrun a train. Be patient -- it takes less than a minute for trains to pass, from the time gates come down until they come back up again. Pedestrians and bikers should not be on or near the railroad tracks, except at designated intersections.
Train activity and testing in your area: November 6.
Amtrak will run trains along all tracks parallel to I-5 between South Tacoma, Lakewood, JBLM, and DuPont for Crew Qualifications/Simulated Service. Trains may come from either direction, day or night, move quietly, and travel at speeds up to 79 mph.
- Obey train crossing signals at all times (pedestrians & vehicles).
- Wait until crossing arms go up and lights stop flashing before proceeding.
- Do not walk on or near the tracks.
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