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Past Event
May 27, 2009 - May 29, 2009
Cascadia Rail Partnership Conference

Moving Beyond Oil - Connecting Communities - Rails & Trails



“…high speed rail from Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, B.C. could make the movement of people and goods easier while preserving our living quality by reducing congestion and air pollution and saving open space… the region of “Cascadia”… remains one of the most favored on Earth…” Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield at 1994 launch of Cascadia Project

Since Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield helped launch the Cascadia initiative in 1994, there has been incremental progress in Amtrak Cascades service and expansion of local transit. Now with the strongest commitment to rail investment from a U.S. President since Abraham Lincoln, the Cascadia movement to bring high speed rail to our corridor and expand local and regional rail connections is reborn.

In May, we are joining with Transportation Choices Coalition, All Aboard Washington, 1000 Friends of Oregon, AORTA and a growing list of organizations to kick off a year of Cascadia corridor rail events leading up to the Winter Olympics in 2010 in Vancouver, B.C. Cascadia Rail Week is part of our larger “Beyond Oil” campaign to reduce dependence on foreign oil, increase energy security and reduce greenhouse gases.

Rail Week will kick off on Wednesday, May 27 with a train tour from Seattle to Portland.

On Thursday, May 28, 2009, the Cascadia Center for Regional Development will host a Rail Seminar at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, Washington, from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.; registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. Please join us to discuss recent developments in rail investments in the country and its effect on the Cascadia region. In particular, we will look at investments in freight rail corridors and diesel emissions reduction and new rail technology from self-propel diesel and electric multiple units to high speed trains.

Following the seminar, there will be a free public lecture on "Europe & High Speed Rail" at Seattle City Hall. The lecture will be from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m..

More detailed information can be seen on the agenda.

To register for any or all of the events, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Mollie Tschida at 206-292-0401 Ext 111.


Post-Conference Wrap Up

Speaker Powerpoint Presentations
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Wednesday, May 27
Ray Chambers
Kirk Fredricksen
Bob Melbo

Thursday, May 28
Luncheon Program at the Washington Athletic Club

Ray Chambers
Scott Moore
Andrew Johnsen
Andrew Robbins
Port of Seattle

Evening Lecture at City Hall
Stephen Bonina
Frank Guzzo
John Nemeth
Antonio Perez
Andy Peri
Ron Sheck


A special thanks to our sponsors for helping make this event a success!









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For More Information: Cascadia Project — Bruce Agnew
208 Columbia St. — Seattle, WA 98104
206-292-0401 x113 phone — 206-682-5320 fax
email: bagnew@discovery.org

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