The Coast Starlight is on track again.
After a two-week hiatus, passenger rail service resumed Wednesday morning from Seattle to Los Angeles, Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said.
Amtrak took the West Coast’s only long-distance passenger train out of service between Seattle and Sacramento, California, on April 25 after a freight train derailed and damaged a crucial bridge near Mount Shasta, California.
The Starlight pulled into Amtrak’s Tacoma station on Puyallup Avenue at 10:15 a.m. as scheduled, the smell of breakfast wafting from the dining car.
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Several passengers boarded, including Rhonda Jenkins of Tacoma.
She was on her way to Oakland to host her grandmother’s 100th birthday party. She tried to get a ticket for a train Monday but an Amtrak customer service representative told her the train wasn’t running.
“She didn’t give me a reason why,” said Jenkins, who was taking the train to save money.
Her grandmother has been looking for Jenkins since Tuesday — the trip takes two days.
“She’s a little disappointed,” Jenkins said. “It made me feel bad.”
A new Tacoma Amtrak station is being constructed at Freighthouse Square on East D Street.
This year, the Starlight and the Cascades regional trains will discontinue their runs along Tacoma’s waterfront and instead use a route parallel to Interstate 5.