Rail - Mt. Vernon Siding Extension - Completed September 2015

This projected extended an existing 4,600-foot siding track another 4,700 feet, creating space for slower freight trains to pull aside for faster passenger trains. This addition provides sufficient space for 8,00-foot freight trains that are now common.

This was Phase 2 of the work. Phase 1 added 4,600 feet of siding track.

How you benefit

Improves safety
Project included closing an at-grade crossing at Hickox Road with gates and then constructing cul-de-sacs to allow for a safe turn around area.

Relieves congestion
Improves Amtrak Cascades reliability by reducing congestion with slower moving freight trains on the tracks.



This project is funded through the following sources:

Phase 1:
2003 Legislative Transportation Package (New & Used Vehicle Sales Tax) - $2.12 million

Phase 2:
August 2010 federal high-speed passenger rail grant - $3.3 million
Additional state funds - $5.2 million


Contact us
WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407
E-mail: rail@wsdot.wa.gov

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Mt. Vernon turnout
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Once installed, this new turnout will allow slower freight trains to move off the main line to allow faster passenger trains to pass.