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"So here’s a modest proposal from the heart of the Midwest, a proud railroading city and a train-supportive editorial board. Let’s get lights and arms on crossings. And let’s do it, not in 11 years, but right now." Chicago Tribune editorial.

Amtrak Cascades
"Cascades POINT Intercity Bus Service is increasing service between Portland and Eugene, beginning Friday, July 1. The service adds back two daily runs that had been suspended during the pandemic. These two runs operate as express service between the two cities, with only one stop at Salem each way. (The other four Cascade runs stop at Tualatin, Woodburn, Salem and Albany in between Portland and Eugene)…Check out the Cascades POINT bus schedule here: "

"Under the Reconnecting Communities program, cities and states can now apply for the federal aid over five years to rectify harm caused by roadways…New projects could include…repurposing former rail lines."

"U.S. Coast Guard: Required clearance for new I-5 Bridge is 178 feet The Interstate 5 Bridge Replacement Program’s leaders proposed a clearance of 116 feet"

Southwest Chief detailed near Salisbury, MO. Almost all cars on their sides. Hope everyone is safe.

"Jim Mathews, of the Rail Passengers Association, says the bipartisan infrastructure law’s investments in rail are a path toward better and more passenger rail service"

"Ignoring the “Hinterlands,” the heartland of America, as Jack Kemp Institute Senior Fellow Ike Brannon champions in his Forbes article, “Amtrak’s Expansion To The Hinterlands Will Be Costly To The Government & The Economy,” will in reality be expensive to the U.S. government, the economy and the American way of life." Opinion from AANW's Dan Bilka in Railway Age.

"Buttigieg Calls Meeting With Airline CEOs Over Delays" Great idea @SecretaryPete How about a meeting with Amtrak and the host railroads about rail delays as well?

Be a stop on AANW’s Train Trek! We're traveling again, to lead discussions on the benefits of rail with communities around the region. This year's Train Trek theme is "How to Revive Passenger Rail." We'll be available in August to hold in person, remote, or hybrid meetings. Would you like us to visit your town? Help and donate at

What is transportation equity? The USDOT defines it as "wealth creation, power of community (amplify marginalized voices), interventions (increase funding applications for, and projects in, disadvantaged communities), and expanding access....but unless progress is made at the state and local level, these federal goals won’t lead to strong outcomes."

"Our transportation decisions are often made with the assumption that everyone drives. But what about those who are too young, too old, too poor, disabled, or choose not to drive because of concerns about the future of the planet? Depending on what numbers you pick, the percentage of the US population that does not drive is approximately 30%. And this population appears to be growing."

"The backers of a $1.5 billion plan to launch passenger service over Canadian Pacific between the Calgary airport and the Rocky Mountain resort community of Banff say they can’t move forward with design work and consultation with lineside communities until Alberta decides whether it will commit $30 million annually to the project."

Amtrak has agreed to pay ex-engineer Steven Brown for his pain and suffering caused by the 2017 derailment when his train sped off a curve in DuPont, killing three people and injuring dozens.

Registration is now open to attend the inaugural Greater Northwest Passenger Rail Summit in Billings, MT, on Aug. 22-23, 2022. The Summit will bring passenger railroad organizations, advocates and enthusiasts together with local, state and federal elected officials and policymakers, host railroads and rail infrastructure experts to educate, innovate and coordinate for the restoration, expansion and enhancement of passenger rail service across the Greater Northwest. Register at

"Sound Transit…received $10 million from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program.…The WA State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will also receive a $3.8 million to fund the fourth phase of WSDOT’s rail landslide mitigation program. "

"While global aviation emissions almost halved during the pandemic, they are predicted to reach pre-pandemic levels by the end of this year…Carbon offset schemes perpetuate the idea that the climate crisis shouldn’t stop aviation from increasing. They assuage climate guilt, while passing the problem onto someone else. Experts also agree they don’t work."

"The National Park Service has relaunched its informative Trails and Rails program on Amtrak trains for summer 2022 after a two-year hiatus, but some previously featured segments will no longer be covered."

Be a Stop on AANW’s Train Trek!

We're traveling again, to lead discussions on the benefits of rail with communities around the region. This year's theme is "How to Revive Passenger Rail." We'll be available August 1-21, 2022, to hold in person, remote, or hybrid meetings. We'll be available remotely at other times. Would you like us to visit your town? See more at

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Rail chat at! Discussing a vision for a comprehensive, long-distance, passenger and freight rail network, with seamless connections to other modes of transportation, to create economic, environmental and equity benefits.