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Restoring Cascades Service Levels

All Aboard Washington urges WSDOT, Amtrak, and ODOT to replace the trainset lost in the Cascades 501 accident and to restart service on the Point Defiance Bypass at the December 2017 planned running time and frequency of service, as soon as possible....

Re-Evaluating Our Priorities

We should put ALL options on the table, and make 2020 the year that we finally set our transportation priorities straight....

North Whatcom Discusses Cascades Train Station

Amtrak Cascades trains pass right through the heart of Blaine, Washington, a picturesque town along the US-Canada border. Despite its popularity among visitors, Blaine is difficult to reach without a car. With existing tracks and an old station building beside their historic downtown, Blaine’s residents and businesses could benefit hugely from having a Cascades train station. All Aboard Washington (AAWA) held a meeting at Semiahmoo Resort on July 13th to discuss the idea of opening a station in Blaine....

All Aboard Washington meets July 13 in Blaine

We'll be meeting at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine on Saturday, July 13, for presentations and discussions with local officials on how Amtrak Cascades could better serve Blaine, Whatcom County, White Rock, Surrey and the surrounding area....

Governor signs transportation budget with funding for study of east-west rail service

On May 21, Governor Inslee signed the state transportation budget, including funding for a study of east-west passenger rail service for which All Aboard Washington has advocated. The study will be undertaken by the Joint Transportation Committee (JTC), and is due for release in June, 2020. JTC Coordinator Dave Catterson will speak at the AAWA public meeting in Tumwater on June 8, 2019....

All Aboard Washington response to WSDOT's decision to replace Talgo Series VI trainsets

The Northwest deserves the safest, most reliable, and most comfortable rail service available, while maintaining and improving current schedules and levels of service. All Aboard Washington supports the efforts of all involved groups to determine the best and safest way to continue delivering Amtrak Cascades service, and encourages all involved entities to take reasoned actions based on the forthcoming final report from the NTSB. As a member-based educational and advocacy organization, AAWA relies on engineering experts at WSDOT, FRA, NTSB and other organizations and stakeholders. We recognize that well-intentioned experts may disagree, and we encourage discussion between all knowledgeable parties to build consensus on maintaining the best possible safety, reliability, and service....