The Amtrak Cascades service includes two daily roundtrips between Eugene and Portland, four daily roundtrips between Portland and Seattle, and two daily roundtrips between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Two daily roundtrips will be added between Portland and Seattle in 2017. Amtrak Cascades has the nation’s 7th highest ridership of intercity passenger rail services.
Amtrak Cascades has operated for over 20 years.
More than 744,000 passengers rode Amtrak Cascades in 2015.
Quarterly Ridership Report
2015 Annual Performance Report
Oregon Department of Transportation, or ODOT, and the Washington State Department of Transportation, or WSDOT, work with many partners to develop agreements, policies, and guidance to manage the service using a corridor approach.
The Station Stop Policy and the companion Guidance Document
help the states determine the benefit of proposed station stop changes to the Amtrak Cascades corridor.
ODOT and WSDOT contract with Amtrak to operate the service.
Amtrak Cascades trains run on privately owned rail lines:
- Union Pacific owns the tracks and provides dispatching in Oregon.
- BNSF owns the tracks in Washington and British Columbia, and provides the dispatching in Washington. Canadian National provides dispatching in British Columbia.
There are seven trainsets in the Amtrak Cascades Service:
- Oregon owns the two Series 8 trainsets
- WSDOT owns three Series 6 trainsets and is purchasing eight new locomotives
- Amtrak owns two Series 6 trainsets and provides all the locomotives used in service.
Train Equipment Maintenance
- ODOT and WSDOT pay Amtrak and the train-manufacturer, Talgo, to maintain Amtrak Cascades equipment.
- Amtrak Cascades equipment is maintained at the Amtrak Maintenance Facility in Seattle, WA