Amtrak closes travel from Eugene to Sacramento because of wildfire damage

The Amtrak Coast Starlight trains will not be operating from Eugene to Sacramento until at least mid-July because of damage to tracks from California wildfire.

The Lava Fire, still burning near Mount Shasta in Northern California, damaged a portion of the Union Pacific Railroad on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The damage has forced freight traffic to reroute, created delays and cancellations for Amtrak passengers from Eugene to Sacramento.

The Coast Starlight trains 11 and 14 will not serve stops between Eugene and Sacramento — Chemult, Klamath Falls in Oregon and Dunsmuir, Redding and Chico in California — until at least mid-July, according to Amtrak. 

South of the fire, the Coast Starlight will operate only between Los Angeles and Sacramento. Customers north of the fire can continue to travel between Seattle and Eugene on Amtrak Cascades trains.

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“We are certain the outage will extend into some or all of August and are looking at what is the best option for the next several weeks,” said Marc Magliari, public relations manager for Amtrak government affairs and corporate communications on Thursday.

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