Amtrak Cascades is adding a second daily train between Seattle and Vancouver, BC. The Canadian government announced that they are extending border clearance service for the second train — just in time for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The second train is a pilot project scheduled to begin in mid-August, 2009 and will run until after the Winter Games. Washington State Department of Transportation is working in conjunction with Amtrak.
The additional Amtrak Cascades train between Seattle and Vancouver, BC was originally scheduled to begin service in August 2008. But the Canadian Border Services Agency determined that a “cost recovery fee” of $1,500 per day for border services for the second train was required The cost recovery fee was not anticipated and is not funded, so the second train service was delayed while a resolution was worked out.
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