Amtrak Resumes Services After 2017 Derailment

Dupont, WA (November 9, 2021) – Beginning on November 18, Amtrak will provide passenger train services on the Point Defiance Bypass for the first time since a train derailment four years ago.

On December 18, 2017, a train operated by Amtrak derailed over a bridge in DuPont during its inaugural trip.

There were three fatalities and dozens of injuries at the time after a witness reported seeing smoke billowing from the scene of the accident.

After the fatal Amtrak train derailment, which closed the bypass to Amtrak service, WSDOT announced that it would not resume services until PTC (positive train control) had been fully implemented.

According to Amtrak, Positive Train Control technology automatically slows down or comes to a complete stop whenever a train is operating above permitted speeds.

Last week, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) conducted its final review in order to get the route between Tacoma and Olympia up and running.

Starting this month, a total of eight trains will have access to the Point Defiance Bypass line daily as COVID restrictions begin to ease.

Source: Q13

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