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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

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)
US Senator Mike Crapo (ID)
Martin Charlo, The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
CEO Stephen Gardner, Amtrak
Randy Grauberger, Quandel
US Rep. Rick Larsen (WA)
Scott Luekenga, Idaho Dept. of Transportation
US Senator Patty Murray (WA)
Jeff Schultz, David Evans & Assoc.
US Rep. Marilyn Strickland (WA)
Joel Szabat, Amtrak Board Member
Arlando Teller, US Department of Transportation

Draft Agenda

  • Welcomes
    • All Aboard Northwest
    • All Aboard Washington
    • Pacific Northwest Economic Region Regional Infrastructure Accelerator
    • Spokane Mayor Lisa Brown
    • Sponsors
  • Spokane as a Rail Hub/Crossroads
    • Rail History
  • Why Rail Benefits Our Communities
    • Mayors, Ports, Elected Officials
  • Rail and Intermodal Investment Strategies for the Northwest
    • Class Is, Class IIIs, Short Lines, Ports, Other Stakeholders
  • Freight and Passenger Rail Synergy: High Performance Rail
    • Amtrak Cascades Corridor
    • North Coast Hiawatha Corridor
      • Stampede Pass Infrastructure Study
    • Pioneer Corridor
  • Federal Regulatory and Funding Updates
    • Amtrak
    • FRA
      • Long-Distance Service Study
      • Corridor ID & Development, Grade Crossing Elimination, CRISI and Other Grants
    • STB
    • State DOTs
    • BSPRA
  • The 3 Es: Green Passenger, Freight Rail and Port Infrastructure as an Economic, Environmental and Equity Lifeline
    • Economic Benefits
      • Improvements to Intermodal Connectivity
      • Small Parcel Delivery Study
    • Benefits to Environment
      • Saving Salmon
      • Climate Change Mitigation
      • Access to Health Care
    • Equity Benefits for Underserved Communities: Tribal Nations, Rural Communities, Non-Drivers
  • Strengthening Supply Chains
    • Update from USDOT on Freight Corridors
    • Effects of Export Policies in the NW
  • Green Farms to Green Ports
    • Existing and Planned Transload Facilities
  • Creating Interstate Cooperation and Stakeholder Engagement
    • Rail and Supply Chain Caucuses
    • State Rail Advisory Groups
    • Working Groups, MOUs and Interstate Compacts
  • Generating Support from Public and Elected Officials
    • Rail Funding Reauthorization
    • Options on Permanent Funding Sources for Rail
    • Funding the Fifteen Routes