From Portland to Seattle, trains might be the best bet Thursday

Share story

Amtrak passenger trains have resumed scheduled service through Washington state, the national rail service announced early Thursday after BNSF Railway, which owns the tracks, lifted a weather-related moratorium on passenger trains.

After a landslide on tracks north of Seattle, Amtrak announced Tuesday that it would substitute buses for trains on the Amtrak Cascades route between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., and between Seattle and Everett on the Empire Builder route, which terminates in Chicago.

Landslides on tracks north of Portland subsequently stopped trains between Seattle and Portland as well. All tracks were reopened as of 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

However, buses will again substitute for Amtrak Cascades trains between Seattle and Vancouver (Trains 513 and 516) on Thursday only because of track work previously scheduled by BNSF. The track work is unrelated to current weather problems.

Meanwhile, northbound Interstate 5 remained closed at mid-morning Thursday because of a landslide at Milepost 23, between Woodland and Kalama in Cowlitz County. No detours are available, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Amtrak passengers may confirm their train’s status, change their plans or review refund information at or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Service alerts are posted at