GenePoon on Trainorders.com reports that WSDOT has cut the Passenger Rail office. What this exactly means in terms in securing HSR funding is unknown but I have a feeling this is going to show a instability with us.
In a reorganization (read that as “reduction in force”) at Washington State Dept. of Transportation, several key positions handling passenger rail, including the Cascades services, were eliminated yesterday, Friday the 13th. The state effectively no longer has a passenger rail section. Operational staff were also axed and remaining managers will now be responsible for both freight and passenger projects.
All I can do is speculate what this could mean but it doesn’t appear good, especially with such a huge push for passenger rail here.
This comes around as WSDOT, ODOT, and Amtrak celebrates 10 years of successful service for the Amtrak Cascades.