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Amtrak to fund two Seattle maintenance facilities with stimulus dollars


Amtrak will spend $35 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to build two new facilities at Seattle's King Street Maintenance Yard, according to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

The railroad plans to build a 75,000-square-foot service and inspection building that will feature train a maintenance shop with a wheel truing machine, 200 feet of inspection track and material storage. A second 60,000-foot building will feature material control facilities.

The buildings will enable Amtrak to maintain, improve and inspect Cascade and other long-distance trains. Current facilities are not adequate to service additional trains that were added in 2006, according to Amtrak.

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