Declining ridership due to COVID-19 brings change to Amtrak Cascades trains
(OLYMPIA)– Due to a severe drops in ridership, WSDOT is reducing service of Amtrak Cascades trains. Two daily roundtrips between Seattle and Portland are the only Cascades trains that will continue to operate in Washington.
The Seattle-Portland evening trains 507 and 508 were suspended as of March 21 and beginning Thursday, March 26, trains 517 and 518 also will be suspended until further notice. The trains that will continue to operate between Portland and Seattle include trains 500, 501, 504, and 505. View schedules for those trains at www.AmtrakCascades.com by clicking on the Buy Tickets button. There is no purchase necessary to view schedules.
In addition, all Amtrak Cascades trains north of Seattle were suspended beginning March 17, in conjunction with the closure of the Vancouver, British Columbia train station by Canadian officials. Daily Cascades thruway buses continue to offer service between Seattle, Everett, Mt. Vernon and Bellingham. Amtrak long-distance trains continue to connect Seattle, Edmonds and Everett.
In Oregon, train service between Eugene and Portland is reduced to one daily roundtrip (trains 500 and 505) and will be running on the weekday schedule seven days a week. All other Amtrak Cascades trains in Oregon are suspended. ODOT’s POINT thruway bus service continues daily service between Portland and Eugene, but with limited tickets to maintain social distancing recommendations.
The Amtrak long-distance train, the Coast Starlight, will continue to connect Seattle, Portland, Eugene, and other cities in between via one daily roundtrip.