Public meeting on passenger-rail improvements coming to Cowlitz County

Once complete, the Kelso Martin’s Bluff projects will improve passenger-rail travel with a new rail bridge over the Coweeman River and a third track at both the Longview Junction and Port of Kalama. This will help relieve rail congestion that slows passenger rail service near Kelso and Kalama. 

The investment, funded by the Federal Railroad Administration High Speed Intercity 
Passenger Rail program, will improve reliability, reduce travel time and allow for more passenger-rail service between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, B.C. 

Washington state received nearly $800 million in federal grants as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act high-speed-rail program administered by the FRA. The Kelso Martin’s Bluff projects are two of nearly 20 rail-improvement projects that will generate hundreds of jobs and improve Amtrak Cascades service. 

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