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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
2010TRAN0055-000965

Aug. 19, 2010

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Office of the Governor of Washington

 

 

RIDERSHIP UP AS 2ND AMTRAK TRAIN MARKS 1ST ANNIVERSARY

 

VANCOUVER – After one year in operation, the second Amtrak Cascades train to Seattle and Portland has topped its ridership expectations and recorded its best month in July, with nearly 25,000 passengers.

 

To encourage even greater ridership between the State of Washington and British Columbia, travellers will be offered a 25-per cent ticket discount on Amtrak Cascades travel to Vancouver during the month of September.

 

Gov. Chris Gregoire and B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell both credit the partnership between Washington and British Columbia, as well as support from tourism agencies and other local and regional partners, for the success of the second train that provides another option for cross-border travel.

 

“Amtrak Cascades has proven to be a successful transit option and is growing in popularity,” said Gregoire. “The bonds between Washington and our neighbours up north in British Columbia are strong and built upon a long history of friendship and collaboration. Having a viable travel option connecting our communities is important for both of our economies, strengthening trade and tourism between the two nations.”

 

From the day service began Aug. 19, 2009, through July 31, ridership for the second Amtrak Cascades train has totalled more than 221,000. Ridership on the original train to Vancouver has also increased dramatically, up over 21 per cent compared to 2009.

 

“The addition of a second train between Washington state and Vancouver has proven to be a tremendous success,” said Premier Campbell. “The Amtrak Cascades train enhances tourism between our communities and helps to create jobs at both ends of the line.”

“The increased number of passengers on this additional Amtrak Cascades service proves that passenger rail is a valuable transportation option and we will continue our commitment to growing the service through this high-speed corridor,” said Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond.


 

 

"Our government has worked extremely hard with the Washington State Department of Transportation to ensure that the second Amtrak Cascades train is successful and continues in the years ahead,” said B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Shirley Bond. “The growing demand and ridership provides a compelling reason for this enhanced service to continue and for us to further strengthen our partnership related to Washington and other transportation initiatives.

 

To take advantage of the popular Amtrak Cascades service and reach more potential customers, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the Province of British Columbia, Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Attractions Group are working together on a marketing effort. During the month of September, travellers will be able to enjoy a 25-per cent discount on Amtrak Cascades fares. Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Attractions Group are also offering exclusive discounts on Vancouver attractions for Amtrak Cascades passengers.

 

Details and booking information is available at www.tourismvancouver.com/visitors/amtrak.

 

Amtrak Cascades operates four daily round trips between Portland and Seattle; one daily round trip between Seattle and Vancouver, and one between Portland and Vancouver; and daily service between Eugene and Seattle, via Portland.

 

Amtrak Cascades is operated by Amtrak in partnership with the Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation.

 

For Amtrak Cascades fares and schedules, visit AmtrakCascades.com.

 

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Media Contacts:

 

Jeff Knight

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

250 356-7707

 

Vickie Sheehan

WSDOT Communications

360 705-7904

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