August 25, 2011

Amtrak service from Seattle to Vancouver to continue

VANCOUVER — The second daily Amtrak Cascades train from Seattle to Vancouver will continue indefinitely beyond the slated end date of October, with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CSBA) deciding to extend its border clearance services to it, according to the Vancouver Sun.

The train began as a pilot project in 2009 in preparation for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, but with CBSA reluctant to pay the extra cost of border clearance services late into the night, the service was in limbo.

During negotiations last year, CBSA had asked for an extra $1,500 per day to cover these charges but Amtrak, which operates the train under a sponsorship agreement with the Washington State DOT, was not willing to pay that amount. For the full story, click here.

 

 

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