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New schedule
coming October 24

Updated Schedule Coming to Provide Improved Amtrak Cascades Service

An updated schedule featuring more convenient weekend hours is coming this October, and will provide improved service and greater convenience for Amtrak Cascades travelers.

Effective OCTOBER 24, 2015, the morning 500 train from Eugene will leave later on weekends; weekday schedules will remain the same. In the meantime, watch AmtrakCascades.com for specific scheduling changes and money saving special fares this fall.

The new schedule will be effective OCTOBER 24, 2015. In the meantime, watch AmtrakCascades.com for specific scheduling changes and money saving special fares this fall.

An updated schedule is coming this October will provide improved service and greater convenience for Amtrak Cascades travelers:

The new schedule will be effective OCTOBER 24, 2015. In the meantime, watch AmtrakCascades.com for specific scheduling changes and money saving special fares this fall.

Schedule Changes

The new schedule will be effective as of October 24, 2015.

(This table highlights changes to the existing Amtrak Cascades schedule. For additional information see the links below.)

Sa/Su/Ho
Mo-Fr
Daily
Mo-Fr
Sa/Su/Ho
502 (Cascades)
500
(Cascades)
504
(Cascades)
506
(Cascades)
Seattle, WA (Arrives)
1200n
1200n
350p
350p
Tukwila, WA
1122a
1122a
302p
302p
Tacoma, WA
1054a
1054a
234p
234p
Olympia-Lacey, WA
1012a
1012a
152p
152p
Centralia, WA
951a
951a
131p
131p
Kelso-Longview, WA
910a
910a
1250p
1250p
Vancouver, WA
835a
835a
1215p
1215p
Portland, OR (Leaves)
820a
820a
1200n
1200n
 
   
5502
(Bus)
5512
(Bus)
5504
(Bus)
Portland, OR (Arrives)
805a
805a
1010a
1130a
1135a
Oregon City, OR
724a
1100a
1054a
Woodburn, OR
920a
Salem, OR
655a
642a
850a
1000a
1012a
Albany, OR
620a
613a
810a
920a
943a
Eugene-Springfield, OR (Leaves)
530a
530a
720a
825a
900a
University of Oregon (Leaves)
510a
700a
805a
Sa/Su/Ho
Mo-Fr
Daily
Mo-Fr
Sa/Su/Ho

Background

Why the change?

The purpose of the update is to make Amtrak Cascades service more convenient to build ridership - which is critically important to ensure continued funding. Ridership fell by 15% over the past two years and ODOT found that schedule timing was an important factor. We explored opportunities for improvements. The improved schedule will provide better access to travel.

Increasing use of Oregon trains will tell us our schedule is working for people and that the Amtrak Cascades is providing a valuable transportation resource for the Willamette Valley and greater region.

Why is this important?

Funding for Amtrak Cascades is contingent on ridership. After federal funding was withdrawn in 2013, the Oregon State Legislature successfully allocated additional funding to support the Amtrak Cascades service until 2017. However, to help ensure continued State funding beyond 2017, ridership in Oregon must be shown to increase over the next six months - demonstrating that there is still support for passenger rail in the Willamette Valley.

What goes into making a schedule?

Amtrak Cascades schedule changes don't come about lightly. They require close coordination between Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Amtrak, three private railroads, public transit providers, international customs and border control agencies, and the train maintenance provider.

Some considerations that must factor into a successful schedule change include:

Consequently, a schedule change can take up to seven months, with each step relying on the successful outcome of the one before. In the end, the private railroads must approve any changes.

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Contact us

Our goal is to provide the best possible service to Amtrak Cascades travelers. If you have feedback or questions about the Amtrak Cascades service, please contact Kathy Holmes, Passenger Rail Program Coordinator, ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division at (503)986-5174.