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We're back on the tracks

On January 16-17, Sound Transit in partnership with WSDOT and Amtrak, will run trains on the Point Defiance Bypass for railroad signal testing. Trains will run from Tacoma Dome station to the Nisqually Junction. Testing will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days with trains running at speeds up to 79 mph. Travelers may experience traffic delays at railroad signal crossings and the public is asked to use extreme caution near the railroad right-of-way.

To ensure public safety, local police officers will control each at-grade railroad signal intersection during the two day testing period.

Potential traffic delays could occur at the following at-grade signal crossings:

  • South 66th Street
  • South 74th Street
  • Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest
  • 100th Street Southwest
  • 108th Street Southwest
  • Bridgeport Way Southwest
  • Clover Creek Drive Southwest
  • 41st Division Drive
  • DuPont – Steilacoom Road

This testing is in advance of the eventual resumption of Amtrak Cascades service to the Point Defiance Bypass later this year

Contact Information:

Scott Thompson
Public Information Officer
(206) 903-7838 or


Train activity and signal testing in your area: weekends in January, starting January 16.

Amtrak Cascades will test trains along all tracks parallel to I-5 between South Tacoma, Lakewood, JBLM, and DuPont on weekends in January, starting on January 16, 2021. Trains may come from either direction, day or night, travel at speeds up to 79 mph, and move quietly.



  • 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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