Amtrak train from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. postponed

Amtrak train from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. postponed

Amtrak will postpone restoring its Cascades passenger-train service between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., until possibly December due to a lack of personnel. The service gap occurred despite the Biden administration’s much-hyped US$66 billion allotted in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to catch up on maintenance and spread Amtrak’s national railway service to new cities, including Las Vegas, Phoenix, Columbus and Nashville, The Seattle Times reported. A rail spokesperson for the Washington State Department of Transportation, Janet Matkin, says transportation officials in Washington state hoped the trains would roll again by summer or even late spring. Amtrak doesn’t have enough conductors, mechanics and onboard service staff yet to operate the trains, though new classes of conductors are in training, according to a letter to Washington and Oregon rail directors from …
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