Passenger rail in Washington


WSDOT awarded $37.5 million federal grant for train equipment
WSDOT received notice in August 2019 that it was awarded a $37.5 million Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair grant to procure at least three sets of passenger rail cars for the Amtrak Cascades service. This allows for the replacement of the WSDOT-owned Talgo 6 trainsets, including two currently in service and one lost in the Dec. 18, 2017, derailment. For more details visit our Questions and answers about the derailment  page.

Point Defiance Bypass testing, train travel update
We are planning for trains to return to the Point Defiance Bypass sometime in 2019, though an exact date has not been set. For more details visit our Questions and answers about the derailment  page.

Tacoma passengers should use Puyallup Avenue station

Due to the Dec. 18, 2017,  derailment, neither the new bypass route or new station in Tacoma's Freighthouse Square are being used for the foreseeable future. Travelers in Tacoma can catch Amtrak Cascades trains at the previous station, 1001 Puyallup Ave.

Amtrak Cascades overview

The Rail, Freight, and Ports Division oversees the management of the Amtrak Cascades intercity passenger rail service along the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor , one of 11 federally designated rail corridors in the United States.

Amtrak Cascades train service began in 1994. WSDOT is responsible for train operations; budgeting; performance tracking; local, regional, state, and national program coordination; working with the freight rail partners that own the railroad tracks; public outreach; and marketing activities.

The Amtrak Cascades service operates over 4,000 trains annually with daily stops in 18 Pacific Northwest cities. This service includes:

Amtrak Cascade Data
Amtrak Cascades has operated over 20 years. More than 800,000 passengers rode Amtrak Cascades in 2018. Farebox recovery, the amount of operations funding provided by ticket revenues, rests at 63 percent. View the statistics .

Amtrak Cascades is funded by ticket sales and sponsorship by WSDOT and ODOT.

Contact Us
Rail, Freight, and Ports Division 
PO Box 47407 
Olympia, WA 98504-7407