Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Passenger Train Between U.S., Vancouver Could Halt Over Customs Fee

(The Canadian Press)

A passenger train running between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver could be cancelled because the Canadian government wants $550,000 a year for extra customs services.

Paula Hammond, transportation secretary for Washington state, said Ottawa wants her department to pay the fee to cover additional border staffing for the evening Amtrak Cascades train.

That doesn't make sense, she said, because that second daily train has brought nearly $12 million in economic benefits to British Columbia in the year it's been operating. Read more here.