PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two new daily Amtrak Cascades roundtrips between Portland-Seattle will begin Monday.
Extra morning and evening trains will run between Seattle and Portland, for a total of 12 trains every day. In Oregon, current train schedules will be adjusted so that passengers can ride between Seattle and Eugene on the train.
The primary change in the Oregon schedule is that the morning southbound Amtrak Cascades train (Train 503) departure time will change from a 6:00 a.m. southbound departure from Portland to a 9:45 a.m. departure, Monday through Friday. The arrival time in Eugene will change from 8:35 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. The weekend and holiday southbound morning train (Train 505) will change from a 9:35 a.m. departure from Portland to a 12:30 p.m. departure. The arrival time in Eugene will change from the current arrival time of 12:20 p.m. to a 3:05 p.m. arrival time. The evening daily northbound train from Eugene (Train 508) that currently departs at 4:00 p.m. will depart 30 minutes later at 4:30 p.m. after the schedule change.
Travel time between Portland and Seattle will be reduced by 10 minutes to three hours and 20 minutes, thanks to the rerouting of trains between Tacoma and Olympia and the upgrading of tracks and signal systems.
The new route takes trains on an inland corridor parallel to Interstate 5 through Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and DuPont.