Organizing Call - Next Steps in our Campaign to save the Amtrak-Cascades

WSDOT's comment period is over, but our organizing continues.  Let's build a groundswell of support - among legislators and policymakers, organizations, media, train riders, and more.

RSVP to join our Organizing Call this week, to restore a higher speed vision for the Amtrak Cascades.  

Tuesday, April 23rd


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On this call, we will discuss breaking into teams to do outreach to media, policymakers, legislators, organizations, train riders, and even the FRA.  There is a place for everyone - and we will all benefit when we can comfortably and efficiently travel via rail, up and down the N-S western Washington corridor!

What's This About?

  • From 1991 to 2019, the Washington State Department of Transportation promised faster train service between Seattle and Portland in 2.5 hours and Seattle-Vancouver, BC in 2.7 hrs. Integral to these improvements in speed and frequency would be new dedicated passenger track, allowing for speeds up to 110mph and 95% on time performance. 

  • Rail planners were confident these improvements would make rail competitive with driving, in order to get drivers out of cars, off highways and onto tracks, to relieve congestion and make a significant difference in GHG emissions.

  • Today, however, WSDOT is watering down plans for Amtrak Cascades, and abandoning trip time goals and dedicated passenger track, dooming the N-S passenger rail system to irrelevancy. 

  • We are calling on WSDOT to recommit in its Service Development Plan (SDP) to faster travel times and infrastructure improvements, to achieve long-overdue goals of getting travelers off highways, in a time frame that matters for our climate. 

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April 23, 2024 at 5:00pm - 6pm
Bill Moyer ·

Will you come?