Starting Monday, June 29, 2009, BNSF will be starting on a bridge maintenance project between Vancouver, WA and Portland, Oregon. Amtrak Cascades trains will terminate and originate from Vancouver Station with bus transportation to Portland Union Station to connect to trains bound for Eugene, Oregon. There will be a small detour in place that will add about 30 to 60 minutes to the Coast Starlight (Trains #11/14) and the Portland section of the Empire Builder (Trains #27/28)
Work continues at Interbay Yard to add a second main track. This was one of the many bottlenecks on the BNSF main line between Seattle and Everett that will soon be congestion free thanks to the work being put here. BNSF has been working to shift 2 leads over in order to move the main line (above picture) over. Once this work is completed, BNSF will begin laying down concrete ties 1 mile near Dravus Street to Milepost 5.4 (around the curve in the above photo) where the old main was located at. This work will cause minimal delays to Amtrak and Sounder with a 10mph slow order through the work zone. Last year, another single track section near Golden Gardens was double tracked to reduce delays for Amtrak.