BNSF Railway informed Amtrak this morning (December 22) it will not be able to accept Amtrak Cascades trains for their route between Eugene, Ore., and Vancouver, B.C., due to infrastructure issues related to the winter storm. Other Amtrak trains in the Pacific Northwest are operating subject to lengthy delays.
All trains canceled. No alternate transportation at this time.
Trains 8 & 28 are planned to originate in Portland on December 22, with alternate transportation planned from Seattle for Train 8 passengers ticketed from Seattle and intermediate points to Spokane, Wash.
Trains 11 & 14 are expected to operate over their full Seattle-Los Angeles route on December 22, subject to significant delay in the Pacific Northwest.
Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant. Passengers are encouraged to call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com for schedule information and train status updates.
My recommendations – If you need to get to Eugene, call Amtrak and see if there are any seats available on Amtrak #11; The train is slated to depart at 11am. If there are, this may be your only option. Snow is expected through Tuesday now with Rain/Snow mix through New Years.
If you are coming in on the Empire Builder, will be coming into Portland, Oregon and transferring to a train for the trip to Seattle. Stevens Pass is effectively snowed in and hundreds of down trees along the route, along with massive snow drifts.
It is expected to be “business as usual” tomorrow, depending on how much new snow falls today and if the maintainers can get the switches working.
Remember – Sounder is on a Holiday Schedule the rest of this week and will not be running on December 25th. It would be very smart to continuously check Amtrak.com for your train status. If you do take todays Coast Starlight, expect significant delays on the route with many down trees, frozen switches, etc.
Anybody using rail transportation needs to exercise extreme patience, let it be Streetcar, Light-Rail, Amtrak, or Commuter Rail…