SEATTLE – The WDOT has announced a new member of the Seattle Seahawks is now making regular runs up and down the west coast — stopping at 18 train stations along the way.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Seattle Seahawks unveiled a new team-themed train today at Seattle’s King Street Station. The train is part of a larger partnership between WSDOT and the Seahawks to promote train safety education. The campaign also highlights WSDOT’s Amtrak Cascades service — as well as giving 12s another way to cheer on their team.
“Teaming up with the Seahawks makes for a winning partnership,” said Ron Pate, director of WSDOT’s Rail, Freight, and Ports Division. “This joint campaign helps us share the importance of safety around railroad tracks, as well as promoting a smart way to travel along the I-5 corridor.”
The locomotive features Seahawks logos, team colors and a green “We Are 12” banner on top. The train wrap also includes important safety reminders as part of WSDOT’s new Stay Back From the Tracks campaign and Operation Lifesaver. The Seahawks train will be in service for several months, stopping at all of the 18 stations from Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia.
“We are excited to partner with WSDOT on this Seahawks-themed train,” said Amy Sprangers, Seahawks vice president of corporate partnerships and suites. “This partnership is also a great way to educate our community about the importance of train safety.”
Kicking off a new safety campaign
Next year, the Amtrak Cascades/Seahawks partnership will launch the Stay Back from the Tracks safety campaign. Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin will serve as the campaign spokesman. He, and the rest of the Seahawks organization, will work with WSDOT and Amtrak Cascades to drive down the number of train-related fatalities and injuries by creating better awareness of rail safety for people to be more cautious and alert when around trains, tracks and crossings.
The safety campaign includes opportunities to win train tickets and autographed footballs. Passengers who book Amtrak Cascades trips during October using the Seahawks special also will receive 25 percent off tickets for travel through April 2017.