In a joint statement with BNSF, Washington Department of Transportation, and Seattle's Sound Transit, Amtrak said it would add a morning departure from Seattle north to Bellingham, with an early evening return move. The service would include a stop in Mount Vernon.
Amtrak's Cascades service utilizes the Skagit River Rail Bridge, which remains fully functional.
The north end of the four-lane I-5 road bridge over the Skagit River collapsed May 23. The bridge is roughly 60 miles north of Seattle and 40 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border.