Monday, August 24, 2009

Second Daily Amtrak Train

So in a bit of older, but never-the-less important news, there will be improved Amtrak rail service to Vancouver. We have been following the story of Canada Border Services Agency and Amtrak. The basic story is Amtrak was ready to expand rail service to Vancouver, but the CBSA wanted to change way too much money for providing customs services. Thanks for our friends at Transport 2000 for the tipoff.
Thursday August 20th is the first day of the new second daily Amtrak train service to Seattle and Portland. The new service departs Vancouver at 6:40AM and arrives in Seattle at 10:55AM. The return train leaves Seattle at 6:40PM and arrives in Vancouver at 10:45PM. Transport 2000 BC wishes to congratulate all parties involved in making this happen including the Canadian Border Services Agency, Amtrak, Washington State Department of Transportation, Oregon State Department of Transportation, and the Government of British Columbia.

This improved service will enable travellers in Vancouver to make same day visits to Seattle and for the first time in years, to travel all the way to Portland by rail. Two daily departures from Vancouver will increase flexibility for travellers, increase transportation options, and provide a stress-free relaxing alternative to freeway travel along the congested I-5 corridor.

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