How is exciting is this? For once, the feds get it right. Unfortunately, it looks like the waiver on the fees is still temporary. It’s only going to be a 1-year thing at this point. Doesn’t matter for now. I may still get my chance to ride the rails if things go okay. Have to see if there’s enough money in the bank for such a trip, though.
A second Amtrak train running between Washington State and Vancouver will keep rolling for another year, with Ottawa reversing its opposition to continued subsidies after 11th-hour lobbying by senior U.S. officials.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. ambassador to Canada David Jacobson pressed the federal government to extend support for the train, put in place to accommodate a surge in tourist traffic during the Olympics. The reprieve means that Amtrak and its supporters will have a year to demonstrate that the economic benefits – estimated at $11-million for Canada – justify the added inspection costs borne by the federal government.