Cascadia Rail Week In The News

Cascadia Rail Week – including events in Portland May 27 and Seattle May 28 – heightened awareness of the need for improved intercity passenger and freight rail systems, and for longer-term efforts to establish high speed rail in our mega-region. Sharing key insights were representatives of state and city governments, the Federal Railway Administration, the U.S. Congress and Senate, and the Washington state legislature, plus think tanks, train manufacturers, railroads, and commuter rail advocates and experts.

Rail week left no doubt there is a well-equipped coalition coming together to advance a crucial 21st Century rail agenda that builds on Northwest investments already made. Press coverage was considerable; in newspapers and on radio and television. Links are below. 

NEWMore TV clips, 5/27/09, Portland: KOIN 6 – 2 evening news segments; KATU 2 – evening segment; KGW 8 – noon segment

NEWU.S. Rep Earl Blumenauer video presentation, shown at 5/27 & 5/28 events

NEW: “Light Rail Rolls, And Commuter Rail Percolates,” Lance Dickie editorial column, Seattle Times, 6/12/09

All Aboard! Oregon Eligible For High Speed Rail,” Eugene Register-Guard, 6/4/09

Biden: High Speed Rail Money On The Way,” Seattle, 6/3/09

State Hopes For $880 Million For Rail,” Centralia Chronicle, 5/30/09

High(er) Speed Rail Update,” Blog of Geoff Meggs, Vancouver B.C. City Councillor, 5/30/09

Bruce Agnew Discusses Northwest Intercity & High Speed Rail, Dave Ross Show, KIRO-FM 97.3, Seattle, 5/29/09

Portland, Vancouver, B.C. Mayors Pledge To Push For High Speed Rail,” Oregonian, 5/29/09

High Speed Rail Could Run From Oregon To B.C.,” Everett Herald, 5/29/09

Regional Leaders Discuss High Speed Rail,” Daily Journal of Commerce-Oregon, 5/29/09

$8B For High Speed Rail Is ‘Purely Seed Money’,” Daily Journal Of Commerce (Seattle), 5/29/09

High Speed Rail Between Vancouver and Portland Requires Improved Or New Corridor,” Vancouver Sun, 5/29/09

Stimulus Funds Wanted For Improved Rail Line,” Seattle Times, 5/28/09

High Speed Rail Dreams Depend On Dedicated Tracks,” Seattle, 5/28/09

Vancouver And Portland Sign Agreement Supporting High Speed Rail,” News1130, 5/28/09

High Speed Rail Along The West Coast Is A No-brainer,” Joel Connelly, Seattle, 5/27/09

Federal Funds May Enable High Speed Rail In The Pacific Northwest,” (w State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen & Karen Rae, Federal Railway Administration), KOMO-AM 1000, Seattle, 5/27/09

Vancouver, B.C. Mayor Gregor Robertson & Karen Rae Promote Cross-border Rail,” KOMO-AM 1000, Seattle, 5/27/09

High Speed Rail Supporters Meet in Portland,” Oregon Public Broadcasting, 5/27/09

High Speed Rail?,” w/ Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder & Beaverton Mayor Dennis Doyle, KOIN-TV 6, Portland, 5/27/09 morning segment 

Vancouver, B.C. Mayor Gregor Robertson & Cascadia’s Bruce Agnew On Cross-border Rail Improvements, CBC Radio, Vancouver, 5/25/09