Amtrak, WSDOT and BNSF Plan Additional Train Service to Help After I-5 Bridge Collapse

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  • May 24, 2013

Vernae Graham

Amtrak Contact


510 238.4360
MediaRelations@Amtrak.com

 

Laura Kingman

WSDOT Contact


360 791.0984

Sound Transit will provide rail cars between Seattle and Bellingham

SEATTLE – To assist travelers affected by yesterday’s I-5 highway bridge collapse in Skagit County, Amtrak Cascades will add one round trip route between Seattle and Bellingham, Wash., in the coming weeks.

Amtrak, the Washington State Department of Transportation, BNSF Railway and Sound Transit are working together to add this service, a morning departure from Seattle to Bellingham with an early evening return, to help those who normally drive this route. More details will be released as they become available.

Amtrak Cascades provides four trips each day over the Skagit River Rail Bridge, which is fully functional. Amtrak Cascades Thruway buses add ten more trips through the area. For schedules, reservations and tickets, visit www.AmtrakCascades.com or call 800-USA-RAIL.

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About WSDOT

WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state’s transportation systems. To learn more about what we’re doing, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/News for pictures, videos, news and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or by dialing 5-1-1.

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