SEATTLE, WA – MAY 10: General view of the atmosphere during Amtrak National Train Day at King Street Station on May 10, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward / Getty Images for Amtrak)
Amtrak announced that the Coast Starlight service, which runs between Los Angeles and Seattle, will be fully operational on August 23rd.
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“The Coast Starlight is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes, connecting the largest cities on the west coast,” said an Amtrak press release on the resumption of service. “The landscape along the Coast Starlight Route is second to none. The dramatic peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta, lush forests, fertile valleys and long stretches of coastline of the Pacific Ocean provide a breathtaking backdrop for the trip. “
Service was temporarily suspended after northern California forest fires damaged sections of the Union Pacific Railroad near the Shasta-Trinity National Rainforest.
The lava fire that caused the damage to the railroad was 85% contained on Aug. 22, according to Bay Area Mercury News. Nine National Forests in California were closed due to the risk of fire.
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The updated Coast Starlight schedule can be found here. The fare is reduced by 20% if you book 14 days in advance. Children up to 12 years of age receive a 50% discount, seniors from 65 years of age receive a 10% discount.