WSDOT, Amtrak, Sound Transit and BNSF Railway join to assist travelers after last week’s Skagit River Bridge collapse
OAKLAND – To help travelers pass the collapsed Skagit River Bridge severing Interstate 5, the Washington state-sponsored Amtrak Cascades train service will provide two extra train trips daily between Seattle and Bellingham. This third, temporary round trip will depart Seattle at 8:15 a.m. and depart Bellingham at 5:15 p.m.
“Thanks to the collaboration between Sound Transit, BNSF and WSDOT, Amtrak is pleased to be able to assist those who normally travel this heavy corridor by adding this additional round trip to the region,” said Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman.
“Travelers need more options for travel and with the help of Amtrak, Sound Transit and BNSF, we were able to offer this great travel option,” said state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. “We are so fortunate that we have the relationships to make this urgent service a reality so quickly.”
“Sound Transit is pleased to provide a Sounder trainset during the time this temporary service is in operation,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “This additional service will help citizens avoid traffic congestion during the construction period, saving the public travel time as our organizations work together to bring a vital regional transportation artery back in operation.”
Reservations are required and tickets are available now by visiting www.AmtrakCascades.com or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. The lowest-priced tickets for Seattle-Bellingham will be between $17 and $23 one-way. Fares between Seattle and Edmonds are as low as $7 one-way. Customers will be able to receive the lowest fares by buying online more than two weeks in advance.
“The performance of the additional service will be evaluated in two weeks and adjustments may be made at that time to meet customer demand,” said WSDOT Rail Division Director Ron Pate.
Sounder trains are commuter trains rather than the European-styled Amtrak Cascades regular trains so no food service will be provided. The Sounder train cars being used in the additional, temporary trips are extra coaches that Sound Transit will use for an added south line trip this fall, so current Lakewood-Seattle and Everett-Seattle Sounder service will not be affected.
In addition to station stops in Seattle and Bellingham, trains will also stop for passengers in Mount Vernon, Stanwood, Everett and Edmonds. Amtrak Cascades Thruway buses also offer ten more trips through the area daily.
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