Restoration of Amtrak service from Seattle to Denver through Eastern Oregon, Utah and Wyoming would cost some $374 million for refurbished equipment, restoring depots and infrastructure improvements, a new study says.
The route, which Amtrak abandoned in 1997, operated as the Pioneer.
The new study says a Denver-to-Seattle route via Tacoma would attract 111,000 passengers and incur an operating loss of $33.1 million annually. A route that reached only Salt Lake City from Seattle would have a loss of $25 million a year.
Idaho and Oregon politicians have been lobbying for restoration of the service which was stopped because of operating losses.