Amtrak Cascades train 517 from Vancouver to Portland arrives at Everett Station Thursday, March 9, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Amtrak Cascades train 517 from Vancouver to Portland arrives at Everett Station Thursday, March 9, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Youth now ride for free on Amtrak Cascades trains in Washington

It’s part of the Move Ahead Washington transportation package. Tickets need to be purchased in advance. Rides must be in-state.

  • Wire Service
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024 9:35am
  • Local News

By Samantha Vedders / The Wenatchee World

OLYMPIA — Passengers 18 and younger can now ride free between any of the 12 train stations on the western side of the state, the state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

Amtrak Cascades has joined the state ferries and transit agencies in offering free fares to qualifying youth, according to a press release. This program is funded through the “Move Ahead Washington” transportation package and the state’s Climate Commitment Act.

“With one-way adult fares between Seattle and Vancouver starting at only $27 and youth riding free, this is a cost-effective way to travel. All passengers traveling on Amtrak Cascades must be ticketed,” stated the release. “When purchasing tickets, simply select the proper category for each individual traveling in your group and the zero fare will automatically be applied for those 18 and under who are traveling within the state.”

Those 16 and younger must travel with an adult to be eligible for the free fare. Unaccompanied minors ages 13 to 15 are not eligible. Additionally, free fare tickets must be acquired in advance and are not available aboard trains or ticket kiosks.

Free fares are only available on Amtrak Cascades trains and buses, and for trips beginning and ending in the state, according to the release.

Tickets for the youth fare program are available at amtrak.com.

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