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2021 Train Trek

Conversations on Rail in the Northwest

OUR Voice, OUR Trains

What are your transportation needs and priorities? We want to hear from you!

Following up from our 2020 Train Trek series of virtual events, this year All Aboard Washington will travel across the state (in-person and electronically) to participate in informal discussions of how new and improved train service can make a difference in your community. Invite your neighbors, elected officials and business leaders!

Transportation and infrastructure issues are of greater significance than ever before. Several studies have confirmed that there is a significant need for, and interest in, improved and more frequent Cascades service, as well as daytime east-west service. As your representative for better transportation for over 40 years, AAWA wants your voice to be heard in Olympia!

During the 2021 Train Trek, AAWA will share its vision for improved train service. We will discuss how expanded passenger rail service can bring significant economic, equity, and environmental benefits to the communities it serves. But most of all, we want to hear from citizens, community leaders, and elected officials about the transportation needs YOU care about.

AAWA believes that now is the time to re-evaluate our transportation priorities by:

  • Expanding the state-supported Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service
  • Improving connections between local and regional transit services
  • Building and revitalizing infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists

The ongoing budgetary, mobility, and climate crises all demand commitment to proactive solutions that foster stable economic recovery from the pandemic while furthering Washington’s efforts to fight global climate change.

With targets for reductions of vehicle trips, greenhouse gas emissions, and traffic fatalities all coming due over the next decade, immediate actions should be taken to sustain our state’s economic vitality, environmental commitments, and equitable access for all citizens.

These events will also be available electronically. Additional meetings are being offered statewide. Details are available at


The 2021 Train Trek will visit regions of the state with existing rail lines. The East-West Train Trek will be held in August. A second Train Trek series is planned for the fall, to visit the communities along the route of Amtrak Cascades.

East-West Train Trek — August 12-22

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Thursday, August 12

Friday, August 13

  • Leavenworth: 10:00 AM, Chelan County Fire District #3 Community Room
  • Wenatchee: 2:00 PM, Prybus Public Market

Saturday, August 14

Sunday, August 15

Wednesday, August 18

Pacific Northwest Rail Forum, Big Sky, MT (DRAFT)
2021 Annual Summit of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region

2:45 Mountain Time: Rail Across the Region

  • Bruce Agnew, moderator
  • Ross Lane, VP of Corporate Relations at Montana Rail Link
  • Zak Andersen, VP of Corporate Affairs, BNSF
  • UP (invited)
  • WATCO (invited)
  • Curtis Shuck, Executive Director, Great Northern Corridor Coalition (invited)
  • Peter Armstrong, Rocky Mountaineer (invited)

3:15 MT: Passenger Rail’s Economic, Environmental, and Equity Benefits for Northwest Communities

  • Economic benefits 
    • Abe Zumwalt, Board Member, All Aboard Washington
  • Environmental benefits
    • Tim Gould, Sierra Club of Washington State
  • Equity for underserved people and rural communities 
    • Anna Zivarts, Disability Mobility Initiative, Disability Rights Washington
    • Charles Hamilton, Co-Executive Director, All Aboard Washington 

3:45 MT: US Federal Rail Infrastructure Initiatives

  • Update on passenger rail and capital investments
    • Congressional representatives (invited)
    • Rail Passengers Association (NARP) staff (invited)
    • Federal Railroad Administration staff (invited)

4:00 MT: National Legislative Opportunities

4:25 MT: Regional Service Restoration Efforts

  • Reviving a Rail Revolution:: Cascades update and expansion goals
    • Patrick Carnahan, AAWA & AORTA
    • Gary Wirt, Vice-President, All Aboard Washington
  • Idaho & Oregon restoration and expansion
    • Elaine Clegg, President, Boise (ID) City Council 
    • Jon Nuxoll, Immediate Past President, AORTA
  • Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority briefing
    • David Strohmaier, County Commissioner, Missoula County, MT

4:55 MT: Washington and Oregon Legislative Rail Caucuses

  • Washington State Legislative Rail Caucus
    • Rep. Andrew Barkis, Washington Legislature
    • Luis Moscoso, Government Affairs Director, All Aboard Washington
  • Oregon State Legislative Rail Caucus
    • Sen. Chris Gorsek, Oregon Legislature

5:15 MT: Wrap-Up

6:00 MT: Reception

Thursday, August 19

Friday, August 20

Saturday, August 21

How Can You Help?

All Aboard Washington needs your assistance with:

  • Local community and business sponsors
  • Individual and company donations
  • Co-sponsorships with local service organizations and other groups
  • Meeting locations
  • Publicity from local media and blogs
  • Planning and scheduling

Sponsorship, Donations and Registration

  • Series Sponsor (includes recognition online and at each event, registration for 6 guests): $500
  • Community Sponsor (includes recognition online and at one event, registration for 4 guests): $200
  • Family Sponsor (includes recognition online, registration for 2 guests): $100
  • Individual Sponsor (includes recognition online, registration for 1 guest): $50
  • In-Person Registration: $25
  • Registration for Attendance via Zoom: $15

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