By Railfan & Railroad Staff
Three years after being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Amtrak is finally resuming regular service on the final two routes without it: The Cascades to Vancouver, B.C., and the Adirondack to Montreal.
In March 2020, when the international border closed due to the virus, Amtrak suspended all cross-border services. That meant the Cascades only ran between Eugene, Ore., and Seattle, and the Adirondack between New York City and Albany. The Cascades began running north of Seattle again on March 6.
“With more people now traveling, we are thrilled to double the daily roundtrips between Seattle and Vancouver, BC. By adding staffing and equipment to the region, we can once again offer customers a direct connection between Portland and Canada,” said Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner.
Meanwhile, back in New York, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced last week the Adirondack would resume regular runs north of Albany on April 3. Not only will that mean the resumption of service to Montreal, but also to a handful of upstate communities like Whitehall, Plattsburgh, Rouses Point, and more.