WSDOT wins grant for train equipment

$37.5 million towards Amtrak Cascades

Congratulations to the Washington State Department of Transportation! 

WSDOT was recently awarded a $37.5 million grant from the Federal-State Partnership for a State of Good Repair toward the purchase of passenger rail car sets for the Amtrak Cascades service. 

The Talgo 6 passenger rail car sets currently in use on this route were recommended for replacement following the investigation of the 2017 train derailment near DuPont on the inaugral run of the Point Defiance bypass. 

The award of this grant will allow for the replacement of the WSDOT-owned Talgo 6 trainsets, including the two currently in service and the one lost in the derailment.

The grant is expected to cover 50 percent of the cost of at least three new sets. Insurance proceeds from the 2017 derailment in DuPont and state funds will be used to cover the remainder. 

The new modern train equipment will help increase ridership and ticket revenue by improving reliability, comfort and capacity on the Amtrak Cascades system that connects 18 cities between Vancouver, BC and Eugene, Oregon.

The new passenger train equipment will be procured as part of Amtrak’s 2019-20 national equipment replacement contract, which helps leverage buying power.  

The new passenger rail cars are expected to be delivered in the mid-2020s. 

Amtrak is working to identify temporary passenger equipment to replace the Talgo 6 train sets currently in service per National Transportation Safety Board recommendations.