The federal government says it will waive the fees it originally planned to charge Amtrak to keep a second train running between Portland and Vancouver.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said the Canada Border Services Agency has reallocated $800,000 to cover the cost of clearing passengers through customs on the second Amtrak train into Vancouver per day.

The train arrives in the evening and the federal government originally planned to charge Amtrak for keeping the customs post open.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said the decision is good news for the local economy.

“The Amtrak train has been a big success and has delivered tourist visits and dollars into our economy, both in Vancouver and throughout the region,” he said.

The train is said to generate $12 million in economic benefits to B.C., but Toews said that Amtrak and tourism officials will have a year to prove its viability without the Olympics.

with files from the canadian press