- Work continues on King Street Station. The remnants of the baggage area and the Jackson St. Plaza have been demolished. (Slideshow above, picture of the ’empty hole’ here.)
- Body found inside the Great Northern Tunnel.
- Amtrak Cascades ridership between Seattle and Vancouver BC set a record in July, with nearly 25,000 total passengers for the four daily trains. Ridership is also up 21% on the original trains (510/517). CBSA has apparently reached a decision whether or not to continue free inspection services, and will be notifying WSDOT shortly.
- To celebrate the popularity of the service (and to put timely pressure on CBSA?), Tourism Vancouver has partnered with Amtrak to offer 25% off Cascades travel between Seattle and Vancouver BC for all of September, along with discounts on hotels and city attractions.
- Leveling and grading work has begun on the new 3.2 mile bypass track in Vancouver, WA.
- WSDOT and BSNF have received approval to begin work on the Stanwood siding. On August 17 the Army Corps of Engineers issued the necessary wetland permit, the last major environmental hurdle.
- WSDOT has applied for $80m in additional high-speed rail grants available under the $2.3b USDOT Appropriations Act. A 20% local matching commitment was required in order to apply.
- The new Edmonds Sounder Station groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 18.
This is an open thread.