Puget Sound Transportation Projects

My thoughts on transportation in the Puget Sound area and transportation issues in general.

Archive for the 'Rail' Category


New Plans for Tacoma Amtrak Station

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/01/14/2992553/back-to-square-one-for-amtrak.html After negative reviews of the planned Amtrak station at Freighthouse Square, planners are involving the community on a new design. This is great news. Imagine the Sounder/Amtrak station that could have been inside Union Station. Let’s do it right. Ben

Freight Delaying Empire Builder

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022516636_freightamtrakxml.html There is so much freight on the BNSF tracks used by Amtrak’s Empire Builder that it is being constantly delayed. Much of this is due to oil coming out of North Dakota. Sounds like it’s time to expand the line. Ben

Love Locks Come to Tacoma

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Lock-On-Tacoma-dedication-112213 An art project inspired by Paris has come to the Tacoma Sounder extension. People can attach their own “love locks” to the supports of the Sounder bridge in Downtown Tacoma. Ben

Take the Train to the Fair

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Event-services/Washington-State-Fair Sound Transit will be running Sounder trains from the North and South on September 14th and 21st to Puyallup where a free shuttle will take you to the fair. This is great news since Pierce Transit canceled all their special bus service to the fair. Ben

Cold Train Expands Service

From RailwayAge: http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/intermodal/cold-train-expands-to-keep-up-with-demand.html The Cold Train, which delivers cargo from Washington and Oregon to the East Coast, is expanding services due to demand. Great to see more use of rail to transport goods. Ben

Special Sounder to the Tacoma Military Parade

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Special-military-parade-train-822 A special Sounders train will run from Lakewood to the Tacoma Dome Station for the military parade in Downtown Tacoma this weekend. It will also run for the Sounders game Sunday night. Why not give the Sounder a try? Ben

Tacoma Link Celebrates Ten Years

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Tacoma-Link-celebrates-ten-years Tacoma Link is turning 10, with 9.4 million riders served. Join celebrations at every station tomorrow and/or enter the Tacoma Getaway contest. Ben

Landslide Rail Projects Beginning

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/08/19_rail_landslide_solutions.htm Projects to reduce or eliminate the landslides that blocked rail traffic in the North corridor are underway. They include projects to stabilize hillsides. More information is available here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Rail/slidemanagement/ This is great news. Amtrak Cascades and Sounder commuter rail service have been detrimentally affected by the multiple slides in this corridor. Hopefully […]

Reopen the UP Rail Crossing in Fife?

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/08/03/2712606/divisive-rail-crossing-getting.html With the growth of residences in Fife the discussion about reopening the UP rail crossing at 54th avenue has come up. Ideally this would be rebuilt as a undercrossing allowing grade separation of rail traffic. This would benefit the City of Fife, residents and shippers. Hopefully the will and money […]

More Bike Storage on Amtrak Cascades

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/07/24_more_bike_storage_Amtrak_Cascades.htm Space for 10 more bikes has been added to Amtrak Cascades trains. This is great news for the cyclists among us. Ben