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Agenda

Save the Dates!

Third Annual Greater Northwest Rail Summit

October 8-9, 2024
Central Library, Spokane, Washington | Virtual Attendance Available
Register to attend at the All Aboard Northwest website
https://allaboardnw.org/summit/

The Summit brings together rail experts and advocates to continue working toward restoring a true national rail network that includes service to the largely underserved Greater Northwest. Chances for better rail options are improving! The Federal Railroad Administration's Long-Distance Service Study is recommending 15 routes to expand the nation's passenger rail system.

Please download and share our "save the dates" flyer!

Confirmed Speakers

Rep. Andrew Barkis, WA Legislature
Jason Biggs, Washington Department of Transportation
Lois Bollenback, Spokane Regional Transportation Council
Elaine Clegg, Valley Regional Transit, Boise, Amtrak board nominee
US Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA)
Jenny Dresler, Oregon Rail Users' League
Sen. Chris Gorsek, OR Legislature
Jordan Hess, Former Mayor of Missoula (MT)
Jim Mathews, Rail Passengers Association
Dr. Breck Lebegue, WA Physicians for Social Responsibility
John Robert Smith, Transportation for America
Sen. Jeff Wilson, WA Legislature
Anna Zivarts, Week Without Driving/Author, When Driving Isn't An Option

Invited Speakers

Administrator Amit Bose, Federal Railroad Administration
US Senator Maria Cantwell (WA)
Martin Charlo, The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Randy Grauberger, Quandel
Scott Luekenga, Idaho Dept. of Transportation
Jeff Schultz, David Evans & Assoc.
CEO Stephen Gardner, Amtrak
Arlando Teller, US Department of Transportation
Joel Szabat, Amtrak Board Member

Planned Panels

  • Expanding Passenger Rail Services
    • FRA Long Distance Service Study
    • North Coast Hiawatha Corridor
    • Pioneer Corridor
    • Desert Wind
  • Grant Opportunities
    • Corridor ID & Development
    • Grade Crossing Elimination
    • CRISI and Other Grants
  • Improving Existing Corridors
    • Amtrak Cascades
    • Stampede Pass Infrastructure Study
    • Infill Stations
    • Capital Investment Plans from BNSF and UP
  • Freight and Passenger Rail Synergy
    • High Performance Rail
    • High Speed Rail
    • Transload Facilities
    • Freight Rail and Short Lines
    • Intermodal Connectivity
  • Economic Benefits
    • Agri-Tourism
    • Housing and Transit-Oriented Development
  • Environmental and Health Benefits
    - importance of first mile to last mile
  • Equity Benefits for Underserved Communities
    • Tribal Nations
    • Rural Communities
    • Non-Drivers
  • Holistic Transportation Planning
  • Improving Governance
  • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Supply Chain Caucuses
    • Replicating ORULE
    • State Departments of Rail
    • Creating State Rail Advisory Groups
  • Creating Interstate Cooperation
    • Working Groups, MOUs and Interstate Compacts
    • Greater Northwest Rail Working Group
  • Generating Support from Public and Elected Officials
    • Funding the Fifteen Routes