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Amtrak axes second Cascade service over high Canadian fees

Washington state officials say the second Amtrak Cascades train service to Vancouver is being cancelled due to higher fees imposed by Canada.<br /><br />

Washington state officials say the second Amtrak Cascades train service to Vancouver is being cancelled due to higher fees imposed by Canada.

The Canadian federal government said it would require the Washington State Department of Transportation to pay nearly $550,000 a year for border-clearance services.

“British Columbia and Washington are so disappointed by this news,” said Washington transportation secretary Paula Hammond.

She said the second train brought an estimated $11.8 million in economic benefits to B.C. and that it doesn’t make sense to end it over $550,000.

Travellers to Washington state don’t pay a U.S. customs fee.

 
 
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