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High-Speed Rail Program


Washington, Oregon and Amtrak sponsor Amtrak Cascades intercity passenger rail service between Vancouver, B.C. and Eugene, OR.

WSDOT is investing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail funds to deliver critical rail infrastructure improvements that will expand travel choices and foster economic growth across our state. The work involves 20 high-speed rail projects.

Program Scope
Work is being done throughout the 300-mile Amtrak Cascades corridor in Washington, detailed in this project map (pdf 885 kb).

Program Goal
Expand and improve Washington's Amtrak Cascades service between Portland, OR, and Vancouver, B.C.

Passenger Rail in Washington & Oregon

  • Top speeds of 79 mph.
  • Shared track with freight trains.
  • 300-mile corridor in Washington; 467 miles total.

Program Objectives

  • Grow the Amtrak Cascades service.
  • Make the service schedule more reliable by reducing rail congestion on the main line.
  • Develop the passenger rail corridor for future growth.

Program Outcomes

  • Two additional round trips between Seattle and Portland; for a total of six daily.
  • Improved on-time performance and schedule reliability.
  • Shorter travel times.

Types of Improvements

  • New bypass tracks to add capacity.
  • Upgrades to warning signal systems.
  • Safety-related improvements.
  • Station upgrades.
  • Eight new locomotives.
  • Multiple upgrades to existing track throughout the state.


  • Washington state received nearly $800 million in federal high-speed rail funds.

How can I get more information?


WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407