By Tom Banse, NW News Network; December 18, 2018
Last December’s Amtrak derailment near DuPont, Washington, did more than cost three people their lives and injure dozens more. It’s now becoming apparent that it set back regional train service expansion by years.
The deadly derailment happened on what was to be the first day of more frequent Amtrak service between Seattle and Portland. Washington state was all set to subsidize six daily roundtrips — up from four — using a new, faster bypass route south of Tacoma.