With the Port of Seattle poised to buy the abandoned 42-mile Eastside rail line from Burlington Northern and Sante Fe, a proposal championed by Cascadia Center and others for Eastside commuter rail is gaining steam. Cascadia held two community forums in January, in Kirkland and Snohomish. A Cascadia report on those events, including contact information for public officials who can help move the plan forward, is here. Recent news links are below. First……
……links to preliminary conceptual sketches by artist J. Craig Thorpe of Eastside commuter rail line stations. The sketches were commissioned by Cascadia Center.



South Kirkland

Totem Lake



Sound Transit Gives Rail Line A Boost, Ashely Bach, Seattle Times, 2/2/08.

Commuter Rail Sought For Snohomish-Bellevue Route, Lukas Velush, Everett Herald, 1/28/08.

All Aboard Eastside Commuter Rail,” Lance Dickie, Seattle Times, 1/25/08.

Rail Advocates Pitch Commuter Service For Kirkland,” Kirkland Courier-Reporter, 1/25/08.

Get On Board With Eastside Commuter Rail,” Everett Herald, 1/20/08.

Eastside Rail Radio Coverage, 1/17/08.

Eastside Rail Forum Sketches Commuter Line,” Seattle Times, 1/17/08.

Snohomish Wants Commuter Train On Abandoned Corridor,” 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

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

Cascadia Center

Founded in 1993, as the Cascadia Project, Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center for Regional Development is an important force in regional transportation and sustainable development issues. Cascadia is known for its involvement in transportation and development issues in the Cascadia Corridor, Puget Sound and in the U.S.-Canadian cross-border realm. We’ve recently added to that mix through a major program to promote U.S. efforts to reduce reliance on foreign oil, including the earliest possible development and integration of flex-fuel, plug-in, hybrid-electric vehicles.