Northwest Rail Summit

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Northwest Rail Summit

May 6 @ 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Join the Rail Summit taking Place on Saturday, May 6, 2017, and help work for better rail service in the Pacific Northwest!


This exciting meeting is taking place Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, Washington. The Conference, which is sponsored by the Rail Users’ Network, All Aboard Washington, and AORTA (Oregon Rail & Transit Advocates) will examine what’s happening in the Pacific Northwest regarding passenger rail and rail transit issues. The focus will be on recent success stories, which projects are moving forward, and which could use some help. We will also examine what rail advocates are doing in other parts of the country to promote and expand passenger rail.

The day will begin with opening remarks by Dr. Richard Rudolph, Chair of the Rail Users’ Network, and Lloyd Flem, Executive Director of All Aboard Washington. The first presentations will be by the leadership of Washington State’s Legislative Rail Caucus, a bi-partisan statewide group of legislators concerned with advancing rail issues in Washington.

Featured speakers include:

Ron Pate, WSDOT, Rail, Freight, and Ports Division Director, who will describe the progress and improvements made resulting from Washington State’s federal ARRA passenger rail funding.

Martin Young, Director of Sounder, Sound Transit, who will talk about the current growth and bright future of rail transit in the Central Puget Sound Region.

Rob Eaton, Director of Government Affairs, Amtrak Northwest, will shed light on Amtrak’s efforts to improve and expand service.

A panel on Trains Infrastructure will end the morning session, and will include representatives from Talgo, BNSF, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive and Engineers, as well as the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, & Transportation Workers.

During lunch, participants will have an opportunity to share information and experiences regarding their efforts and those of their organizations to promote passenger rail and rail transit in their local areas.

The afternoon will be devoted to three different panel presentations. The first will be moderated by Harvey Bowen, Board Member  of All Aboard Washington, and will focus on the Status of Passenger Rail Advocacy in the Pacific Northwest, and efforts to expand these. The second panel, moderated by Dr. Richard Rudolph, will focus on what RUN members are doing in other parts of North America.

The final panel of the day will be moderated by Andrew Albert, Chair, NYC Transit Riders Council, a legislatively-mandated group appointed by the Governor of the State of New York, with members chosen by the Mayor of New York City, the Public Advocate of NYC, and the five Borough Presidents. The panel will focus on the best ways to advocate for users of rail and rail transit in the Seattle area.

Registration for the Conference is $60 ($65 at the door) and includes morning refreshments, lunch, an afternoon refreshment break, and all conference materials/handouts. If you wish to stay in Seattle before or after the Conference, we suggest you look at Seattle’s official tourism website:

Join us at what promises to be a very exciting worthwhile event. Participants can register and make payments via the link below, or by regular mail to RUN, Box 8015, Portland, ME 04104


May 6
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Rail Users Network
All Aboard Washington


Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, Washington
4916 Rainier Ave South
Seattle, WA 98118 United States
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    Mailing Address:
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