... In 2010, trains were on time fewer than 7 out of every 10 times on the Amtrak Cascades line through western Washington. The department’s goal is to be on time 88 percent of the time, Washington State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Melanie Coon said.
“It really has a huge impact on ridership, so we really have got to get up those numbers,” said WSDOT’s rail and marine director, Scott Witt.
The federal money is supposed to help that happen. It also comes with requirements to add a fifth and sixth daily round trip between Seattle and Portland. Continued