Federal High Speed Rail Funding Coming to Washington

All funding will be used for improvements that boost the rail-line capacity and relieve mainline congestion, allowing Amtrak Cascades to offer more frequent and reliable passenger rail service between Portland and Vancouver, B.C. Work is expected to begin this summer.


“This grant funding will allow us to expand our vision for the future of the Amtrak Cascades service,” said Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. “Ridership is steadily increasing, and we know this trend will continue as we add more schedule options and increase travel speed.”


Earlier WSDOT reported the most recent award amount as $161 million. After review, the FRA chose to exclude the Centralia Station Modifications project, dropping the award amount by $16 million to the current $145 million. WSDOT resubmitted the project for funding as part of the application for the Florida money.


Nearly $1.0 billion in capital and operating funds has been invested in higher speed intercity passenger rail in the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor since 1994. Visit WSDOT’s passenger rail website.