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Amtrak to resume Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. route in September

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SEATTLE - The Washington State Department of Transportation says Amtrak train service north of Seattle will resume in September, months earlier than originally planned. 

In May, Amtrak announced that its original plans to resume the route in Spring 2022 were being pushed back to December because of staffing issues. 

However, on Friday, WSDOT announced that Amtrak was able to advance the schedule. 

The route which serves Seattle, Edmonds, Everett, Stanwood, Mount Vernon, Bellingham, and Vancouver B.C. has been suspended since May 2020 when the Canadian border was closed to non-essential travel.

The border has since reopened.

Approximately 159,000 people per year rode between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., before the pandemic, or 290,000 when including stations between the big cities, Washington State Department of Transportation Janet Matkin said. Passenger fares traditionally cover about two-thirds of operation costs, while states cover the rest.

Washington state lawmakers this year approved $150 million to study and plan high-speed rail between British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, perhaps replacing Amtrak someday. But that's estimated to require at least $42 billion and decades to build.

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