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Passenger Rail Partnerships

Operating and maintaining the Amtrak Cascades service requires many partnerships.

Track Ownership

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.

Service Operator

Amtrak operates the equipment for the service and provides oversight of certain maintenance activities. 

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Train Ownership Amtrak Cascades rolls past Puget Sound

  • 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.

Funding Partners

The states of Washington and Oregon and passengers pay for the Amtrak Cascades service. The United States and Canada pay for border security.

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.