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Past Event
January 16, 2008
Eastside TRailway Partnership Community Forums

Two Events Jan. 16 &17, Kirkland & Snohomish

For a summary of these meetings and a future action plan, please see our Eastside Community Forum Recap.

Our Cascadia Center for Regional Development has launched a community-based Eastside TRrailway Partnership to bring together train and trail advocates, local leaders, and finance/development interests. Our plan is to formulate a strategy to finance the development of a rail and trail corridor on the abandoned BNSF Eastside rail line that will improve Snohomish and King County mobility, improve economic development and tourism, and promote healthy recreational activities. The Eastside TRailway Partnership will hold two community forums Jan. 16 and Jan. 17 on development of an Eastside commuter rail line, featuring local and county elected officials, rail experts and advocates. The events come close on the heels of an important decision by the Port of Seattle to purchase and preserve the rail corridor in public ownership. With regional traffic congestion growing, and a 52 percent population increase forecast for the region by 2040 by the Puget Sound Regional Council, Cascadia Center and many others assert that a cost-efficient Eastside commuter rail line would be one key component of the region's transportation system.

WHEN & WHERE

  • The first event will be held in the Peter Kirk Room of the Kirkland City Hall, 123 Fifth Ave. on January 16, 2008 (directions). Reception: 5:00 p.m. Program: 5:30-7:30 p.m.


  • Karen Guzak, newly elected Snohomish City Councilmember, will co-host the second event on January 17, 2008, at the Angel Arms Works, 230 Avenue B, Snohomish (directions). Reception: 5:30 p.m. Program: 6:00-8:00 p.m.


  • RSVP: Although there is no cost to attend, space is limited so please RSVP to Jennifer Zucati at 206.292.0401 x157 or jenniferz@discovery.org

    SPEAKERS

    Jan. 16, Kirkland. Bruce Agnew, Director of Cascadia Center; Kirkland Mayor James Lauinger; Washington State Sen. Eric Oemig (invited); Read Fay, retired BNSF operations director + author of report on track conditions; J. Craig Thorpe + Loren Herrigstad, on design and finance of the rail system; Frank Guzzo of Siemens (invited) and a representative of Colorado Railcar (invited), on Diesel Multiple Units – compact, efficient commuter trains; community discussion with Tony Triffeletti – All Aboard Washington, Will Knedlick – Eastside Rail Now, Rob Johnson - Transportation Choices Coalition, Chuck Ayers - Cascade Bicycle Club.

    Jan. 17, Snohomish. Bruce Agnew, Director of Cascadia Center; Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon; Snohomish County Council Member Dave Somers; Snohomish City Councilmember Karen Guzak; Bob Heirman, railroad historian and former employee; Read Fay, retired BNSF operations director + author of report on track conditions; J. Craig Thorpe + Loren Herrigstad, on design and finance of the rail system; community discussion with Tony Triffeletti – All Aboard Washington, Will Knedlick – Eastside Rail Now, Rob Johnson - Transportation Choices Coalition, Chuck Ayers - Cascade Bicycle Club.


    Double-deck Diesel Motor Unit (DMU) passenger coach, by Colorado Railcar

    BACKGROUND:

    "Snohomish Wants Commuter Train On Abandoned Corritdor," Everett Herald, 1/13/08

    "Entrepreneur Wheels, Deals For Eastside Rail," Seattle Times, 12/26/07

    "Port's Rail Plan Deal Set To Move Forward," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 12/14/07

    Interview Of Bruce Agnew, On Eastside Rail, Dave Ross Show, KIRO-AM 710, 12/14/07

    "One Step Closer To Eastside Commuter Rail," Bruce Agnew, Cascadia Prospectus, 12/12/07

    "Innovative Transit Idea Shouldn't Be Dismissed," Everett Herald, 12/4/07

    Cascadia's Rails And Trail Campaign Catching Attention," Woodinville Weekly, 12/3/07

    "Report: $37 Million Option For Eastside Train," Seattle Times, 11/27/07 -- "BNSF Railway's aging Eastside tracks could easily be modernized to accommodate 40-mph passenger-train service, according to a report from a think tank that opposes using the prized Snohomish-to-Renton right of way only as a recreational trail. Rather than rip out the tracks, an investment of about $37 million could make the 42-mile corridor ready for commuter trains to serve Eastside communities, said Read Fay, a retired BNSF regional manager who wrote the report for the Cascadia Center at Discovery Institute....Fay's estimate didn't include the purchase of train equipment or development of stations. (Cascadia Director Bruce) Agnew estimated the total startup cost of Renton-to-Snohomish rail service at $125 million, based on the $92 million cost of building a shorter, 32-mile line in Austin, Texas."

    "Eastside BNSF Rail Line Inspection Report," Read Fay/Cascadia Center, 11/21/07

    "Rails Should Be Used For Trains," Dave Martson, Everett Herald, 11/7/07

    "Preserve Eastside Rail Line For Snohomish Transit Link," Bruce Agnew, Seattle Times, 10/31/07

    "Rails And Trails Could Easily Co-exist On Eastside," Bruce Agnew, Puget Sound Business Journal, 10/5/07

    Eastside Commuter Rail Station Sketches, J. Craig Thorpe, for Cascadia Center





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