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
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.
, 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
Thursday, May 28
Luncheon Program at the Washington Athletic Club
Port of Seattle
Evening Lecture at City Hall
A special thanks to our sponsors for helping make this event a success!