Project Info

Rail - Vancouver - New Middle Lead - Complete March 2015

The Vancouver rail yard is a major hub for both passenger and freight trains -- more than 100 trains pass through it each day.

This project eliminated a major chokepoint which will eliminate congestion, increase safety and help Amtrak Cascades passenger trains on-time performance.

How you benefit

Improves safety
An at-grade crossing at 11th Street has active warning devices.

Relieves congestion
The 1,300-foot new lead track improves efficiency of freight movements on and off the north-south main line, thereby decreasing interference with passenger trains.

Economic incentive
Relieving train congestion helps both passenger and freight trains move more quickly through the rail yard.

Partnerships & cooperation
WSDOT worked with the Federal Railroad Administration, which administered the grant for this project.


WSDOT received federal high-speed rail funds from the 2009 Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Project budget - $8.21 million

Contact us
WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407

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Replaced yard leads on the Vancouver tracks
Replaced yard ladder leads on Vancouver tracks (looking north from Mill Plain Blvd)

New track is placed at the Vancouver New Middle Lead project
New tracks in place (looking north from Mill Plan Blvd).