Amtrak suspended its Amtrak Cascades train service between Seattle and Portland early Friday due to a landslide on the tracks.
Hoping to take the train south from Seattle? Right now, you just can’t get there from here.
Amtrak suspended its Amtrak Cascades train service between Seattle and Portland early Friday due to a landslide on the tracks. BNSF Railway, which owns the tracks, has placed a 48-hour moratorium on their use, suspending rail traffic on the route through Saturday, May 6.
Debbie Buchwach, of Tualatin, Ore., said her daughter, Lauren Brown, 23, and friend Jasper Owens, of Washougal, were on the train bound for Seattle Thursday evening when it stopped south of Olympia and sat for about four hours before arriving at the Olympia station around 10:45 p.m. From there, Brown and Owens caught an Uber ride to their destination, the Crypticon convention in SeaTac. The Uber ride cost $90, $20 more than the cost of their two train tickets to Seattle.
Friday, Amtrak arranged for bus transportation for ticketed passengers. Between Seattle and Portland buses were available for Trains 507, 508, 509, 513 and 516, an Amtrak official said. On Saturday, buses are available as an alternative for all scheduled trains on the route. Normal rail operations continue north of Seattle and south of Portland to Eugene, Ore.
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Meanwhile, a service cancellation of the Coast Starlight train between Seattle and Los Angeles is expected to continue through mid-May because of bridge damage that occurred as a result of a freight train derailment near Redding, California, on April 25. The Coast Starlight is operating according to its normal schedule between Los Angeles and Sacramento only.
Passengers with travel plans can confirm their train’s status, change their plans or review refund information using a range of tools – including Amtrak.com, smartphone apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Service alerts, passenger notices and other announcements are posted at Amtrak.com/alerts.