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Amtrak Service Suspended Between Portland And Seattle

<p>An Amtrak train in Portland.</p>

An Amtrak train in Portland.

Amtrak Cascades and Coast Starlight services are suspended between Portland and Seattle until Sunday evening due to a landslide north of Olympia. And it's not the first time — or the second, or third.

BNSF Railway, which owns the tracks, has placed a 48-hour moratorium in the area until 10 p.m. Sunday.

Three Amtrak Cascades train lines are canceled.

Amtrak says its looking into substitute transportation services between Kelso, Washington, and Seattle.

Rail operations north of Seattle and south of Portland remain unaffected.

Amtrak services between the two cities were suspended because of landslides at least five times last year alone.

In one incident in March last year, a series of landslides between Vancouver and Kelso in Southwest Washington stranded about 1,000 train passengers.

The landslide caused a debris pile 8 feet high and 30 feet across.

A spokesman at the time said the area is heavily trafficked and is a main rail corridor between Vancouver and Seattle.

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Ericka Cruz Guevarra