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Statement from Renton Mayor Kathy Keolker on the Decision of Spirit of Washington Dinner Train to leave Renton

“We are very disappointed that the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train will be closing its Renton operations. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful partnership that has added to the vitality of our city. It is unfortunate that due to circumstances beyond our control this has to come to an end. The Spirit of Washington Dinner Train has truly established itself as the ‘spirit’ of Washington and this icon will be missed by all, especially the citizens of Renton. Every year, the train has had over 1.4 million guests and has made a significant contribution to our local economy. The City of Renton strongly supports retaining a railroad and encourages the Washington State Department of Transportation to consider options to keep the rail line open. Our best wishes to the owners and all those who were part of the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train."