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Amtrak route restoration would require federal injection of $374 million

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Sep. 29, 2009 at 4:03 pm with No Comments »
September 29, 2009 4:03 pm

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.

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