The last regularly scheduled train over the Stampede Pass Corridor linking Pasco and Auburn (and beyond that Seattle) passed through in October 1981. Almost ever since then, community leaders and rail advocates have been working on the restoration of services. There is new momentum behind the idea, and so the students and staff of Central Washington University undertook a study to obtain public feedback.
If the scheduled train services are restored, they likely will link Pasco, Toppenish, Yakima, Ellensburg, Cle Elum, Auburn and perhaps other communities via Stampede Pass. The service, which might start as one train per day in each direction, could be provided by Amtrak or perhaps another company. In Auburn, the line would link to north-south routes including the Amtrak Cascades service between Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, BC via Portland and Seattle. In Pasco, the line would link to the Amtrak Empire Builder service between Portland and Chicago.
This study is sponsored in part by All Aboard Washington, a passenger rail advocacy group based in Olympia. You can find out more about the organization here:
The principal investigator for the study is John Bowen, a professor in the Department of Geography at Central Washington University. You can contact Dr. Bowen here:
Department of Geography
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926