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Next Meeting - August 8th at Lacey's Rainier View Park

Fellow Passenger Rail Advocates, We were very pleased to get confirmation from Mr. Jim Mathews, the new President of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, that he will be making a special trip from Washington DC to OUR Washington to meet and speak with us at All Aboard Washington’s Annual Picnic...

AAWA's Charlie Hamilton honored by NARP

Photo by Ken Briers At the April NARP council meeting our own Charlie Hamilton was recognized for his service in helping select NARP’s new database/web vendor. Presenting the award are President Jim Mathews, left, and Chairman Bob Stewart. Here is the text of his award: National Association of Railroad Passengers Jack Martin Award Named...

Northwest Rail Advocates Meeting – June 6, 2015 – East Glacier Park, MT

The National Association of Railroad Passengers, All Aboard Washington and the Association Oregon of Rail and Transit Advocates are hosting the 2015 Northwest passenger rail advocates membership meeting on Saturday June 6 at the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier Park, MT. Register for the meeting here or click on the link on the...

AAWA May 9 meeting in Ellensburg

The All Aboard Washington meeting on May 9 in Ellensburg is fast approaching. All are welcome. Here are the details: The meeting will be from noon-3:00 p.m. at Rodeo City Bar-B-Q, 204 N Main St, Ellensburg. Our featured speakers are Rep. Matt Manweller (R-Ellensburg) and Sen. Judy Warnick (R-Moses lake). Each is...

A message from our AAWA president

By Karen Keller It’s been a busy two months since I was elected president of All Aboard Washington in January. Most of my time has been focused on creating a survey for our members and former members to learn their opinions of our association. We have contracted with Phoenix Projects Consulting Services...

Moving ahead with Passenger Rail as we enter 2015

I am cautiously optimistic about the continued funding for our Amtrak Cascades service from the Washington legislature and now the Oregon legislature. At the November 15 meeting of the Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates (AORTA) in Eugene, Mr. Hal Gard, head of ODOT Rail, expressed serious concern that...

November 8: All Aboard Washington annual membership meeting

All Aboard Washington's annual membership meeting will be on November 8 from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in the community room at the Centralia Amtrak Station. Speakers include Kirk Fredrickson, WSDOT Rail Division, Dan McFarling of the Assoc. of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates and Cascadia’s Bruce Agnew. NARP board member Jim Hamre...

AAWA goes to Yakima - Sept 13

All Aboard Washington will be meeting on Sept. 13 in Yakima. The meeting will be noon-3 p.m. at Russillo's Pizza and Gelato, 32 N Front St. Russillo's is in the former Northern Pacific Railway Station. Our speakers include Rep. Norm Johnson (R-Yakima) and former Yakima Mayor Paul George (who is running...

All Aboard Washington outreach at Tacoma Rail and Harbor Days

Our two outreach events at the end of August were very successful in bringing the message of intercity passenger trains to hundreds of people. Tacoma Rail’s Open House (and Centennial Celebration) Saturday August 23 attracted a large crowd, much of which were families with young children. The AAWA table, staffed by...

Station developments around the Northwest

Here's an article from the September/October 2014 All Aboard Washington newsletter. Tacoma With the Pt. Defiance Bypass Project – which relocates Amtrak service through Tacoma from the Pt. Defiance line to the line used by Sounder to Lakewood – advancing, the Amtrak station for the city needs to be relocated to Freighthouse...