August 25, 2011
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Zach Stratton
360-750-1553 Ext 19

Travelers can now leave Vancouver, Canada, in the morning and
be in Vancouver, Washington, in time for dinner
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Due to its immense popularity, the Amtrak Cascades train that has 
been providing direct service between Vancouver, USA, and Vancouver, B.C., on a temporary 
basis, has been made permanent. Originally slated to end on October 31 of this year, the route 
between the two cities will continue indefinitely based on a recent decision by the Canadian 
government to permanently waive a proposed $1,500-per-day inspection fee.
"The continuation of this popular route will allow Vancouver, B.C., residents to travel to 
Vancouver, Washington, in one day without having to get off the train," said Kim Bennett, 
president of the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office. "Everyone from history buffs, to 
families, to foodies can now get to know both cities, which although share the same name, offer 
very different experiences."
The pilot project, which has been operating since August 2009, added a second Cascades train 
between Seattle and British Columbia creating, for the first time, same-day service between the 
two Vancouvers. The train departs from Vancouver, B.C., at 6:40 a.m. and arrives in Vancouver, 
USA, at 2:25 p.m. Conversely, passengers can catch the train in Vancouver, USA, at 3:05 p.m.
and arrive in the Canadian city by 10:50 p.m.  Prior to the addition of the second train, 
passengers who boarded anywhere south of Seattle had to either stay overnight there or catch 
a bus to Vancouver B.C., discouraging all but the most determined.
According to Amtrak figures, between July 2010 and June 30, 2011, the second Cascades train 
carried 233,325 passengers, of which 28,129 crossed the border into Canada. Several groups 
worked closely with Amtrak and the Canadian government to change the train route to 
permanent status including the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Pacific 
Northwest Economic Region and All Aboard Washington.
(more) The direct train route between the two cities was recently highlighted in an article in Vancouver 
View, a Vancouver, B.C.-based lifestyle magazine. The article, titled "Hot Getaway - The Other 
Vancouver - Vancouver Washington," was authored by two writers who took the train between 
the two cities and wrote about their experience in Vancouver, USA.
About Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office
Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office (formerly Southwest Washington Convention & Visitors Bureau) 
is an economic development organization responsible for competitively marketing Vancouver and the 
surrounding area as a destination for meetings, conventions, and group and leisure travelers. The 
organization's mission is to promote Vancouver and Clark County by increasing convention and visitor 
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