Operating and maintaining the Amtrak Cascades service requires many partnerships.
Amtrak Cascades trains run on privately owned rail line:
- BNSF owns the tracks in Washington and British Columbia. BNSF also provides the dispatching in Washington.
- Union Pacific owns the tracks in Oregon and provides dispatching in Oregon.
- Canadian National provides dispatching in British Columbia.
Amtrak operates the equipment for the service and provides oversight of certain maintenance activities.
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- WSDOT owns three of the original trainsets.
- Amtrak owns two of the original trainsets and all the locomotives.
- Oregon purchased two new trainsets.
- Washington will purchase eight locomotives.
The states of Washington and Oregon and passengers pay for the Amtrak Cascades service. The United States and Canada pay for border security. Please see our funding page for more information.
Train Equipment Maintenance
Washington pays Amtrak and train-manufacturer Talgo to maintain Amtrak Cascades equipment.
Multiple Contracts and Agreements
To manage the Amtrak Cascades partnerships we have several contracts and agreements in place. These documents specify the responsibilities of each partner.