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Washington State rail ho-hum

A reader dropped me this line.

They loosened slightly on East Link light-rail but rejected the move to restore funding for capital rail projects to near levels of what the Governor wanted.

And her’s the link.

It was a seriously heated debate. A few senators seem to understand the importance of intercity rail and trying to press the issue hard.

If you haven’t heard, the 2nd train has been approved to Vancouver BC, but only for the Olympics and the legislature has added a note to study a 3rd SEA-VAC train by 2010. Post on Seattle Transit Blog will be up tomorrow morning.

Finally, since the State of Washington  blocked funding for the Point Defiance Bypass, which would have rerouted Amtrak and reduced travel times. It also prevents Sounder Commuter Rail from extending to Lakewood from Freighthouse Square.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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