Saturday, 11 July 2020

AAWA Central Washington Passenger Rail Summit

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Venue Information

Zoom Meeting

Join the Movement!

Restore Passenger Rail Service to Central Washington

Central Washington Passenger Rail Summit
Saturday, July 11 / 1 to 3 pm

Learn how passenger rail serving the Yakima Valley, the Tri-Cities, Spokane, and Seattle can benefit our community as part of our economic recovery.

View recording and materials

All Aboard Washington, a non-profit organization that promotes better passenger rail service in the Pacific Northwest, and The Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, are pleased to co-sponsor the Central Washington Passenger Rail Summit online.

The purposes of the summit are to:

  • Increase public awareness regarding the feasibility and economic benefits of restoring passenger rail service to Central Washington
  • Encourage state, regional and local organizations to incorporate passenger rail into their planning efforts
  • Increase support from the public and from elected representatives

All are welcome to attend, including:

  • State and local government representatives from Yakima, Kittitas, Benton, and Franklin Counties
  • Business owners
  • General public


Download PDF version

12:45 PM Meeting Opens

1:00 PM

Welcome, Background on AAWA, Introductions
Kathy Davis & Gary Wirt, AAWA
Verlynn Best, Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
Alan Adolf, Yakima Valley Conference of Governments

The JTC East-West Passenger Rail Feasibility Study (PDF)

1:05 PM

Background on State Support for JTC Study
Luis Moscoso, AAWA
Sen. Judy Warnick

1:10 PM

Introduction to JTC Study and Michael Colella, STEER
Dave Catterson, JTC

1:15 PM

Findings from JTC East-West Passenger Rail Feasibility Study
Michael Colella, STEER

1:45 PM

Comments and Questions About the STEER Study
Patrick Carnahan, AAWA

1:55 PM

Break (5 minutes)

What Now?

2:00 PM

Need for Economic Analysis
Abe Zumwalt, AAWA

2:10 PM

Budget Constraints in the Era of COVID-19
Rep. Jake Fey, Chair, House Transportation Committee

2:20 PM

Demographics of the Yakima Valley
Alan Adolf, Yakima Valley Conference of Governments

2:30 PM

Obtaining Funding with Regional Rail Commissions
John Robert Smith, Transportation for America

2:40 PM

Financing with County Rail Districts
Louis Musso, AAWA

2:45 PM

Next Steps and How You Can Help
Luis Moscoso, AAWA

3:00 PM



Rrgistration is closed. The Summit will also be broadcast and streamed on TVW.

Event Price

Admission (donation requested)