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All Aboard Washington hosts Rail Users Network in Seattle

On May 5-6 (Friday/Saturday) join All Aboard Washington and the Assoc. of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates in hosting the Rail Users Network (RUN) at the Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle (1/4 mi. east of Columbia City light rail station). The Conference will examine Northw­est passenger rail and transit issues: recent success stories, which projects are moving forward and which are standing still and could use some help. We will also examine what rail advocates are doing in other parts of the country. Registration is $60; $65 at the door. Included: morning refreshments, lunch, afternoon refreshments and conference materials. Registration and details at: www.railusers.net/annual-conference/

Photo by Dylan Priest

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All Aboard Washington legislative day in Olympia

AAWA will be hosting our 4th annual legislative day in Olympia in February. We don’t have the date yet (soon hopefully) but want to give everyone a heads up. We’ll post information as soon as we have it.

We’ll again meet with members of the Legislative Rail Caucus (and other key legislators) over a light lunch to encourage them to continue moving forward on intercity passenger rail improvements and expansion beyond the two additional round-trips coming this fall between Seattle and Portland.

The legislative day also gives you an opportunity to set up appointments with your two state representatives and your senator. Executive Director Lloyd Flem is ready and able to help with setting up the meetings and what to talk with your legislators about, if needed.

We continue to work hard on daytime service to central and eastern Washington, a Blaine station stop, improved amenities at King St. Station and other projects.

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AAWA August 13 picnic meeting in Lacey

August 13: All Aboard Washington picnic meeting from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Rainier Vista Community Park, 5475 45th Ave SE (corner of 45th SE and Ruddell Road), Lacey. We’ll provide the burgers, hot dogs, condiments and beverages. You are invited to bring a potluck item. Donations will also be accepted. It’s a time for fun and good discussion. Our featured speaker will be Jason Biggs, WSDOT’s Rail Operations Program Manager. Use the Cascades or Coast Starlight to the meeting. Car shuttles will be provided from the Olympia-Lacey Amtrak Station.

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Blaine Station Stop – Final Report

The students at Western Washington University in Bellingham have finalized their analysis of the proposal to add an Amtrak Cascades stop in Blaine. A Blaine stop offers the potential to add thousands of Cascades riders a year as the nearly one million people in British Columbia living south of the Fraser River would have better access to the trains.

http://allaboardwashington.org/docs/FinalBlaineStationStopReportJune2016.pdf

 

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A tribute to Jim Fredrickson, railroader, historian, photographer

Jim Fredrickson, a career telegrapher, dispatcher and transportation assistant for Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern Railroads; a friend to many; and a long time All Aboard Washington member passed away April 15, 2016 at 89. Among his many passions were Northwest railroad history and photography. Here is Carl Fowler’s moving tribute to Jim:

The wonderful railroad photographer, dispatcher, trainmaster, historian and writer Jim Fredrickson passed on to an eternal ride on the NORTH COAST LIMITED late last week. He was 89. I knew Jim not only as a railroader, but also as a tour director and friend. Throughout the 1990s and into the first decade of the new century, Jim honored me by escorting rail tours all over the United States and Canada for my tour company, Rail Travel Center and much more by his friendship and boundless kindness. I treasure his inscription in my copy of his 2000 book Railroad Shutterbug, “To Carl and Dixie (my wife) with thanks for keeping me on the rails”.

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All Aboard Washington honors Sound Transit’s Joni Earl

All Aboard Washington presented its Tom Martin Award to Joni Earl, Sound Transit’s retiring CEO, at the March 5 Northwest Rail Advocates conference in Tukwila. The award was presented by Harvey Bowen, a Vice President of All Aboard Washington and a NARP Council of Representatives member for Washington State. Here is Harvey’s presentation:

“The Tom Martin award is named for the late Tom Martin, a civil engineer and founding member of All Aboard Washington’s predecessor organization, The Washington Association of Railroad Passengers. He was an active member and strong supporter of passenger rail service, and many of our earliest meetings were at his home. When he passed away he bequeathed part of his estate to our organization. All Aboard Washington continues to honor Tom’s many years of service and his generous contribution through his name on the Tom Martin Award, which recognizes contributions to Passenger Rail services in Washington State.

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(Pictured with Joni Earl are Harvey Bowen, left, AAWA VP, and her husband Charlie.)

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    1. All Aboard Washington Annual Holiday Meeting

      December 9 @ 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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