For Immediate Release
August 4, 2021
Contact: Charles Hamilton, (360) 529-5552 x3 or Patrick Carnahan, (360) 529-5552 x6
Advocates Meet to Discuss Improving Passenger Rail Service to the Spokane Area
Passenger rail advocacy group All Aboard Washington (AAWA) is bringing its 2021 Train Trek to Spokane and Cheney August 19 and 20.
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, including new daytime service, new connections to Central and Western Washington via Yakima and Auburn, and connections to Spokane Airport. 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,” said Patrick Carnahan, AAWA’s co-executive director.
Thursday, August 19, 5:00 PM
Spokane Airport Event Center
9211 W McFarlane Rd
Spokane Washington 99224
Friday, August 20, 10:00 AM
Wren Pierson Community Center
615 4th Street
Cheney Washington 99004
These events will also be available electronically. Additional meetings are being offered statewide. Details are available at https://www.aawa.us/impact/2021-train-trek/