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Rail - King Street Station Track Improvements

Status

April 2014

  • WSDOT's Amtrak Cascades, Amtrak long-distance trains, Sounder commuter trains, and BNSF Railway Comany freight trains all use the tracks at King Street Station.
  • Work includes designs for new tracks and switches that will allow for more efficient train movements between Amtrak‚Äôs Seattle Maintenance Facility and westerly platforms of King Street Station.

Why is WSDOT improving the tracks at King Street Station? 
The number of passenger trains using the station is planned to increase in the future. These track improvements will support more efficient train operations at the station and reduce schedule delays.

In a separate project, WSDOT worked with its public and private partners to renovate King Street Station. Learn more about the King Street Station renovation project.

The End Result
Reconfiguring connections and upgrading switches to the BNSF main line tracks south of the station will better accommodate the growing needs of WSDOT, Amtrak, Sound Transit, and BNSF.

Project Benefits

  • Improved accommodation of passenger and commuter trains

What is the project timeline?
July 2013 - Begin engineering and design on the new, federally funded track configuratio

November 2015 - Begin construction

February 2017 - Construction complete

Financial Information

WSDOT intends to use close to $51 million in ARRA grants to construct the next phase of track improvements at King Street Station.

How can I get more information?
Contact:
Chris Dunster
Project Lead
WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407
360-705-6947
chris.dunster@wsdot.wa.gov

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