A public meeting set for Wednesday, March 12 from 4-6 p.m in room 708 at City Hall to outline locations under consideration for the Freighthouse Square Amtrak station.
Passenger trains, including Amtrak Cascades, currently must slow down due to curves and single-track tunnels on the BNSF Railway main line tracks near Point Defiance and along southern Puget Sound.
This project proposes to reroute passenger trains to an inland route. The bypass is on an existing rail line that runs along the west side of Interstate 5, from south Tacoma through Lakewood and DuPont. It reconnects back to the BNSF Railway main line near Nisqually, on the east side of I-5.
Freight train traffic patterns will not change with most freight trains continuing to use the existing main line near Point Defiance and along southern Puget Sound. The few freight trains that currently use the bypass route will continue to use it during and after the project.
For more information on the Point Defiance Bypass Project, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Rail/PNWRC_PtDefiance.