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What’s old may be new again for travelers in Yakima Valley

More than 500 people from Yakima County say they would ride a passenger train to and from Seattle at least once a year, with most folks saying they would ride it more often than that. The better-than-expected response to an online survey is likely enough to keep the conversation rolling about restoring passenger train travel to and from the Yakima Valley.

John Bowen, a geography professor at Central Washington University, conducted the survey on behalf of All Aboard Washington, a Seattle-based nonprofit whose mission is promoting passenger rail throughout the state. The group sees promise in a Seattle-to-Pasco route over existing Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks with stops in Auburn, Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Yakima and Toppenish. Amtrak last ran trains out of Yakima in October 1981, almost 100 years after trains first rolled through the Valley.

Read more of this story in the Yakima Herald-Republic.

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