Free Youth Fares Come to Amtrak Cascades in Washington

On Tuesday, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced the start of free youth fares on Amtrak Cascades services. Free youth fares will apply to both trains and buses operated under the Cascades brand, but only in Washington.
Passengers deboarding an Amtrak train at Portland's Union Station.

Op-Ed: Washington Needs Bigger Amtrak Cascades Upgrades on a Faster Timeline

WSDOT is mulling boosting Amtrak Cascades service to 16 daily runs, but none of its options tackle the speed and reliability improvements to truly unlock the corridor's potential. A survey open through April 18 is an opportunity to push in that direction.

Amtrak’s Long-Distance Expansion Plan Includes Two New Pacific Northwest Routes

Yakima, Boise, Missoula, and Pocatello could see Amtrak service again under a new federal plan that adds a daily route from Seattle to Denver and another running to Chicago on a modified alignment from Amtrak's Empire Builder.

Feds Grant $1 Million to Study Cascadia High-Speed Rail and Amtrak Cascades Upgrades

Washington State came up short in its bid for a larger $198 million grant to advance high-speed rail planning. On Friday, the Federal Railroad Administration...

Amtrak Cascades Launching Two More Daily Seattle-Portland Trips on December 11

Two new daily roundtrips on Amtrak Cascades between Seattle and Portland will start on Monday, December 11. The extra trips will help fill out...

Op-Ed: Amtrak Cascades Needs Track and Service Improvements

A rapid mode shift from planes and lanes to trains is a healthy climate solution. Many thanks to Stephen Fesler for his reporting on the...

Op-Ed: How Washington’s Trains Can Arrive On-Time

Indonesian Railways' rapid improvement offers hope for turning around floundering Amtrak Cascades service. Back in April I attempted to take the train from Tacoma to...

Concepts for Amtrak Cascades Service Growth Have Arrived

Preliminary concepts for Amtrak Cascades service growth have surfaced, offering an early look into the potential direction of frequencies and infrastructure enhancements to support...