Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Amtrak to adjust Cascades service

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In response to the collapse last week of the Interstate 5 bridge near Mount Vernon, Wash., Amtrak says it plans to add daily round trip between Seattle and Bellingham, Wash., at least for a few weeks, to bolster existing Cascades service north of Seattle.

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.