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All Aboard Washington joins coalition to oppose I-976

On January 3, representatives of All Aboard Washington stood on the steps of the Washington State Capitol, outside the Secretary of State's Office, to protest Tim Eyman's latest initiative I-976. I-976 would cap annual vehicle registration fees at $30, roll back vehicle weight fees set by the Legislature and repeal voter-approved car tab taxes to pay for Sound Transit 3, the $34 billion expansion designed to take light rail from Everett to Tacoma, to West Seattle and Ballard, and east to Redmond. Worst of all for for us, Amtrak Cascades and freight mobility projects would be gutted. Dozens of cities would lose money for road resurfacing and maintenance....

All Aboard Washington's Fall Newsletter Is Online Now!

We have lots of news to share, so please check out the latest issue of Washington Rail News at https://aawa.us/about/past-newsletters/third-quarter-2018/ If you have a print subscription, it will be arriving next week. Editor Patrick Carnahan has news updates affecting rail passengers in Washington state and around the country, as well updates on what's happening with AAWA's advocacy efforts, and a list of upcoming events....

Please renew or join All Aboard Washington!

This year has been a challenging one for AAWA. We lost two of our dear friends and Board members, Jim Hamre and Zack Wilhoite, in the Amtrak Cascades derailment last December. One impact was that we have had to re-create our membership records. As a result, you may not have received your renewal notice as scheduled....

Please join us for AAWA's holiday meeting!

Please join us for AAWA's holiday meeting! All Aboard Washington’s Annual Meeting is coming soon. It will be held Saturday, December 8, 11-12 noon to 3-4 PM at ‘River’s Edge’ restaurant in Tumwater Valley about four miles west of Centennial Station. (4611 Tumwater Valley Drive in Tumwater.)...

Upcoming meetings will hear from WSDOT, discuss east-west service

AAWA has finalized our meeting schedule for the next few months. Our picnic meeting on Saturday, August 11, in Lacey, where we will get an update from WSDOT. The meeting on Saturday, September 8 will be in Auburn and will focus on our efforts to re-develop east-west daylight service via Stampede Pass. Please join...

AAWA Newsletter is available

The second quarter 2018 issue of Washington Rail News is available, with many thanks to our new editor Patrick Carnahan. The front page features stories on Jim Hamre's award from the Rail Passengers Association, as well as AAWA's participation in RPA's advocacy day on the hill.  It is available at this link: Washington Rail News,...

Jim Hamre receives Golden Spike Award for rail advocacy

(WASHINGTON, DC, April 17, 2018)--Jim Hamre, the All Aboard Washington and Rail Passengers Association board member who lost his life in the Amtrak 501 accident in December, was honored by RPA for his tireless work toward a better and safer passenger rail system. In a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, RPA...

The All Aboard Washington Newsletter is here!

We apologize for the delay in sending the February-April 2018 AAWA newsletter to you. This issue is a memorial to our great friends Jim Hamre and Zack Willhoite, who were lost in the December 18 tragedy. Jim was the editor of our print newsletter, and Zack maintained AAWA's membership database....

Remembering Jim and Zack

Sometimes, terrible news takes a while to sink in. Leaving Kelso on Monday morning on train 502. Jim Hamre and Zack Wilhoite had planned to board and meet me in the bistro car. But they didn't show. I had already seen the images of 501 hanging off the highway bridge while waiting...

Response to Amtrak Cascades Train 501 Incident

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18, 2017 Contacts: Lloyd Flem - Executive Director 620 Boundary Street SE Olympia WA 98501 Office: (360) 943-8333 Mobile: (360) 870-6286 Email: [email protected] Harvey Bowen – Board President Mobile: (206) 931-5921 Email: [email protected] All Aboard Washington is deeply saddened at this morning’s derailment and incident around Amtrak Cascades Train 501 at Mounts Road and Interstate 5. Several of...