Annual Spring Rail Conference

Annual Spring Rail Conference
Northwest Corridor – Amtrak Cascades
Building Rail Infrastructure & Service Expansion

Saturday March 5, 2016 in Tukwila, WA – 11:00 AM – 5:15 PM
Embassy Suites Hotel – Seattle-Tacoma Airport
15920 West Valley Highway (adjacent to the Tukwila Amtrak Station)

To register click on  the above Annual Spring Rail Conference link.

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All Aboard Washington goals approved as we move forward to 2016


These goals are the result of almost one year’s work beginning with the SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) and ending with a positive vote at our annual meeting on November 14th.

How can you be a part of reaching these goals? What appeals to you? All of us can find a way to help to reach these goals. It might be by attending events, writing letters, lobbying your legislators, volunteering at an AAWA information booth and more.

Although membership enhancement is not listed, building membership is always a goal of AAWA. If you have a friend or family member who supports public transportation and passenger rail, consider a gift membership. It’s affordable and for most of us, we don’t need “one more thing” to display or dust.

Short Term Goals

  • Increase passenger amenities at King Street Station, including but not limited to:
    • Food and beverage service
    • Clearer, easier to understand announcements
    • Signage for arrivals and departures
    • Newsstand
    • More refined boarding process
    • Better pedestrian access to 4th Avenue, transit, Sounder
  • Expand our cooperation with other organizations including NARP, AORTA, “green” groups, commuter rail, bicycle groups, hospitality and travel industry
  • Increase emphasis on technology via platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, our website and YouTube to expand our reach and message
  • Focus on intermodal connectivity – train to train, train to transit, etc.

Medium Term Goal:*

  • Establish an Amtrak Cascades station stop in Blaine

Long Term Goals:*

  • Restore passenger train service to central/eastern Washington via Stampede Pass
  • Add daytime service to Spokane (route to be determined)
  • Bring Sounder service to Thurston County

*Both medium and long term goals have short term components, for example ramping up local support for the Blaine stop. Working with decision makers, mayors, county commissioners, etc. will be essential as AAWA plants the seeds for daytime passenger train service to central and eastern Washington communities.

Please contact AAWA to volunteer for one or more of the task forces we are creating to accomplish these goals. The SWOT Analyses completed earlier this year included a message from our member­ship: We need greater involvement by the members. This is YOUR opportunity. We hope to hear from you.

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All Aboard Washingtion Annual Membership Meeting is Nov. 14 in Centralia

All Aboard Washington’s 2015 annual membership meeting will be November 14 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in the community room at the Centralia Amtrak Station.

IMG_4811We suggest lunch on your own before the meeting at the landmark McMenamins Olympic Club directly across Railroad Avenue from the station, or at another restaurant in downtown Centralia.

Kirk Fredrickson, WSDOT Rail Division, will be our featured speaker. Kirk is the Amtrak Cascades operations supervisor for the Rail Division.

There will also be an election for four positions on the AAWA board of directors. All AAWA members attending the meeting and current in their dues are eligible to vote.

We will have books donated by founding member Jim Neal and several other items available for purchase at the meeting.

Use our Cascades trains or the Coast Starlight to travel to and from the meeting.

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Join us for our next meeting on October 10

Join us for the All Aboard Washington board meeting on October 10 from noon-4:00 p.m. at Basil’s Kitchen, Embassy Suites Hotel, 15920 W. Valley Hwy, Tukwila. The Hotel is two blocks from the Tukwila Sounder/Amtrak station and is accessible from Link light rail by taking the RapidRide F bus towards Renton from the Tukwila International Blvd station.

Most of our time at this meeting will be used for continuing discussions of the SWOT analysis and to develop plans and goals for the next year and into the future. We will work in small groups and then come back together to present the ideas. All are welcome.

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All Aboard Washington’s Summer Fundraiser

All Aboard Washington’s summer fundraiser letter has been postal mailed to all our members. If you don’t want to wait for the letter to arrive and wish to make a contribution online now go to here.

Your donations and dues are All Aboard Washington’s primary source of funds. We appreciate all our members and their financial help.

We thank you.

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Next Meeting – August 8th at Lacey’s Rainier View Park

Fellow Passenger Rail Advocates,

We were very pleased to get confirmation from Mr. Jim Mathews, the new President of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, that he will be making a special trip from Washington DC to OUR Washington to meet and speak with us at All Aboard Washington’s Annual Picnic Meeting on Saturday August 8. Jim is a enthusiastic speaker, and is doing a superb job in NARP’s DC HQ, and importantly, is “outreaching” to the entire country, as is demonstrated by his coming here for a visit on August 8.

This year’s Picnic Meeting will be at Lacey’s Rainier View Park, a bit over one road mile NW of Centennial Amtrak Station. We encourage travel to our Picnic by Amtrak trains for those out of Thurston county. Local AAWA members will meet the trains and shuttle you to/from the Picnic. Picnic times will be approx. 11AM to 4 PM. Jim Mathews’ presentation will be early in the day( +-1 PM ) to allow those of you with other obligations to depart early, if you must.

The Picnic is a potluck, but AAWA will supply burgers, hot dogs and (soft) beverages. For those unable to bring a potluck item., a modest contribution is accepted. It would be good to have a fair idea of attendance to know how much AAWA food needs to be purchased.

Elected officials from the Thurston county area, members of the Legislative Rail Caucus, WSDOT-rail people, representatives from Talgo, Amtrak, BNSF, rail labor, and other potentially interested people are invited, as well as all AAWA, AORTA, and NARP members from WA and OR.

Car shuttles will be provided from the Olympia-Lacey Amtrak Station. Contact Lloyd Flem (360 943-8333 or if you need transportation from the station to the park.

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