Amtrak Cascades service between Seattle and Portland has been canceled until Thursday October 6th due to an early season mudslide at Titlow Beach near the Tacoma Narrows. Buses will transport passengers between Seattle and Portland.
- Trains 501, 506 and 508 are canceled.
- Trains 500, 504, 507, and 509 will continue to run between Eugene and Portland.
- Trains 510, 513, 516, and 517 will continue to run between Seattle and Vancouver BC.
- Trains 11 and 14, the Coast Starlight, will run Portland-Los Angeles.
WSDOT recently received an additional $31 million for mudslide mitigation and weather-related track improvements, and with another La Niña likely let’s hope the funds are quickly put to use.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, freight service resumed on the other mainline track 30 minutes after the mudslide. The 48-hour rule – declaring an automatic passenger moratorium in the event of mudslides – is far too rigid. WSDOT, Amtrak, and BNSF need to institute a case-by-case procedure for track closure flexible enough to handle diverse situations while maximizing passenger train availability.