AAWA Pasco Rail Summit on September 16th

All Aboard Washington’s annual Eastern Washington meeting, originally set for July 15, is now scheduled for Saturday September 16 at the TRAC Center in Pasco from noon until 4 p.m. The TRAC Center is located in northwest Pasco at 6600 Burden Blvd (I-182 exit 9), several miles from the Amtrak station and downtown Pasco.

This meeting will explore what will be required to restore regular passenger train service in the Yakima Valley, on the Stampede Pass line, which originates in Auburn at the BNSF Seattle-Portland mainline and heads east over Stampede Pass, serving Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Yakima, Toppenish and Pasco. Eventually service would go on to Spokane. State and local elected officials, including Washington State Senate Transportation Committee Chair Curtis King (R-Yakima), and community and business leaders from the Yakima Valley are invited.

In addition, representatives of BNSF Railway, which owns the tracks; Amtrak, a likely provider of potential passenger train services; and WSDOT’s Rail Division are invited to be present to provide important inputs on the possibility of bringing back passenger trains.

A special feature at the meeting will be a summary of the research done by Central Washington University Professor John Bowen and CWU graduate Noah Westbay on the regional demand for returning passenger trains to the Yakima Valley, the most populated part of the Pacific Northwest without rail service.

LOCATION: Franklin County TRAC Center, Pasco Washington. Directions at www.traconline.com/contact.php

TIME: Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch buffet begins at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon and runs until 4 p.m.

COST: $25.00 per person which includes a picnic buffet lunch and complimentary six month All Aboard Washington membership for non-member registrants.

REGISTRATION: Register below or print out the form and mail it to AAWA at PO Box 70381 Seattle 98127. Or you can mail a check with your name and address without the form, being sure to clearly identify that it is for the Pasco meeting. Advance registration is strongly recommended to ensure we have space and lunch for everyone.

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