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Amtrak to add second Cascades train


Washington State, the province of British Columbia, BNSF Railway Co. and Amtrak recently announced an agreement to make infrastructure improvements enabling a second Amtrak Cascades train to operate daily between Seattle and Vancouver.

British Columbia, Amtrak and BNSF will fund a $7 million project that includes constructing a new 11,000-foot siding in Delta, B.C., so passenger and freight trains can pass each other. Construction is scheduled to begin next month; the additional train could begin operating by summer 2008.

When the additional service begins, one Cascades train will depart Vancouver in the morning, then travel to Seattle and Portland, Ore. In the afternoon, the train will depart Portland, and travel to Seattle and Vancouver. The service will supplement the existing train that currently departs Seattle in the morning and runs to Vancouver.

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