AAWA believes in addressing the pressing matters of today while planning for a better tomorrow. Safety, accessibility, and sustainability are our top priorities.
In the aftermath of COVID-19, regional cooperation and traveler safety are critical. We support the restoration of the full Amtrak Cascades schedule in order to give all travelers more options and maximize capacity for physical distancing.
We must restore service on the Point Defiance Bypass to reduce the likelihood of delays and shorten travel times. The East-West Passenger Rail System feasibility study should be followed by an economic impact analysis of the entire route.
Seattle-Spokane service is only the start. Omak, Colville, Colfax, Pullman, Lewiston, Walla Walla, and Boise all have train tracks that could be used for intercity passenger rail services. New stations should be considered for cities along existing routes like Blaine, Prosser, Ritzville, and Cheney.
Down the Tracks
Amtrak Cascades must be upgraded to realize its full potential as envisioned by WSDOT. Once a separate High-Speed Rail (HSR) system is phased in for the I-5 corridor, Cascades should be re-oriented as an all-day, local-stop regional rail service that is integrated with the intercity lines connecting the entire Pacific Northwest.