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All Aboard Washington would like to remind our members of the fundraising request we sent out a couple weeks ago. If you are able to respond with an extra contribution before the end of 2011, we much appreciate it. Just click on the Donate button to the right. The 2012 Legislative...

Amtrak Trip Greenville, SC to Seattle Part 2 of 2

Continued from Part 1. Boston-Chicago, July 23-24 Since I was going to be in a Viewliner sleeping car from Boston to Chicago and was unsure about the time I might have in Chicago to repack, before leaving my niece’s, I crammed everything I would need for four nights into my overnight...

Amtrak Trip Greenville, SC to Seattle Part 1 of 2

The excuse for my trip (after flying to Cincinnati and renting a car to drive to my college fraternity convention in Columbus, Ohio; then to Kingston, Tennessee to visit my brother and his wife; and Asheville, North Carolina to visit my nephew and his family) was to return by train...

AAWA Operation Lifesaver Presentations

AAWA’s continually advocates passenger and freight trains as the safest, most environmentally-sound means of moving people and goods. The  relatively few fatalities that occur in association with trains are mostly as result of pedestrians and motor vehicle drivers trespassing or making tragically bad decisions ( as trying the “beat the...

AAWA Part of High-Level Advocacy for Our Intercity Passenger Trains

Two meetings held in late July in Portland and Seattle emphasized the growing important of Northwest Corridor trains and the strong bipartisan support of highly-influential people evident at the two meetings. Portland hosted the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER – the American Northwest and Western Canada) on July 20.  The well-attended...

Trains 513 and 516 service to Vancouver Saved!

http://crosscut.com/blog/crosscut/20466/Canada-relents-on-cash-demands-for-late-Amtrak-run-from-Seattle/ VICTORY! -- We've just received word that Canadian Minister for Public Safety, Vic Toews, announced in a CBC interview this morning, "Upon careful review of the business case and despite some significant financial constraints, the Canada Border Services Agency has decided that it will continue to provide publicly funded border...

Secretary Hammond's Comments on The Competition for Intercity Passenger Rail in America Act of 2011

http://s4prc.org/Resources/media/SPRCStatement-CompetitionforIntercityPassengerRailinAmericaAct.pdf All Aboard Washington continues to be pleased that our Secretary of Transportation, Governor, and Lieutenant Governor are all outspoken advocates of our intercity passenger rail program.  We are also pleased Secretary Paula Hammond was chosen Chair of the national States for Passenger Rail Coalition. Paula’s letter to Mica/Shuster (above) essentially...

Mudslide disruptions to Amtrak and Sounder: Time for Flex and Fix!

This winter has been terrible for Northwest Amtrak and Sounder operations (and passengers) because of seemingly nearly continuous mudslides along the BNSF mainline, both north and south of Seattle, since December. There have been slides near Tacoma, Vancouver, WA and Surrey, BC, but the worst area is definitely between Seattle...

WSDOT announces $145 million more in HSR Funds

WSDOT Announces that we are receiving $145 million from rejected Wisconsin and Ohio HSR funds. This is on top of the $590 million Washington received in February. It's official: Ohio and Wisconsin high-speed-rail funding coming to Washington...