Two new Amtrak trains the state of Oregon bought for more than $38 million with federal stimulus money have begun running between Eugene and Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Albany Democrat-Herald (http://bit.ly/1lVoRzZ ) reports they are named for two prominent peaks in the Cascade Range, Mounts Jefferson and Bachelor.
Each train seats 286 passengers and has catering facilities, a bicycle storage car, business class accommodations, electrical outlets and Wi-Fi.
Kathy Holmes of the Oregon Department of Transportation says the trains can travel at higher speeds if tracks are improved.
A new bus and train schedule for the Amtrak Cascades corridor went into effect when the trains began running last week.
The trains join a fleet of five, three owned by Washington state, two by Amtrak.