Informing the public about rail as an integral part of Washington state's transportation solutions.

All Aboard Washington

For a Connected Northwest

All Aboard Washington is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit passenger rail advocacy organization. We champion safe, reliable, frequent, competitive, and convenient passenger rail services that meet the needs of all Washingtonians. We are especially active supporters of intercity passenger rail service and intermodal connections to local transit.

Economy, Environment, Equity

Our Top Priorities

Economy

Intercity passenger trains help strengthen local economies across the Northwest.

Trains and the Economy

Environment

Intercity passenger trains provide low-emissions regional transportation.

Trains and the Environment

Equity

Intercity passenger trains connect communities small and large.

Trains and Equity

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AAWA’s 2021 Legislative Priorities

Restore Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom Cascades Service

Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service north of Seattle has been discontinued for almost a year. WSDOT and BNSF Railroad need to reach agreement to restore Cascades service north of Seattle. Such agreement would provide connections to  ferries (San Juan and Island Counties) and destinations beyond..

Complete the Cascades Long-Range Plan

To meet our climate goals and to address mobility injustice, we must include more passenger rail service in our planning. Washington has fallen behind on implementing the 2006 Long-Range Plan for Amtrak Cascades. Last year's Washington State Rail Plan (2019-2040) states, "More planning is needed to develop an intercity passenger rail system in Washington" (p. 52). Planning should include consideration of a regional network that includes service to cities such as Walla Walla and Boise. We must recommit to realizing the Long-Range Plan this decade.

Build upon the 2020 East-West Study

Implementing East-West passenger rail service requires a detailed analysis to determine the social and economic value of such service including reduced carbon dioxide emission, reduced road maintenance, reduced vehicle miles traveled, and the value of providing a public transportation service to underserved rural areas of our state.. These subjects were outside the scope of the July 2020 STEER feasibility report.

Form a Rail Advisory Committee

Rail stakeholders in Oregon provide feedback to a rail advisory committee that reports directly to ODOT. WSDOT has expressed interest in creating a similar passenger rail advisory committee to improve communication with the public. This is similar to the addition of a freight rail advisory committee under consideration this year.

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Our Impact

Our Policy Positions

East-West Passenger Rail

Restore daytime passenger train service between Seattle and Spokane via Stampede Pass, serving the Yakima and Kittitas Valleys.

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Press and Media Coverage

AAWA publicizes the need for improved passenger rail service.

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Upcoming Events

All Aboard Washington looks forward to hosting in-person events when it is safe to do so. We plan to continue offering electronic options.

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Our Policy Positions

All Aboard Washington has developed a series of policy positions describing the goals of the organization.

AAWA's Policy Positions