"Only two things can bring an end to high gas prices at this point. One is direct government intervention in the form of heavily taxing the profits of oil corporations, and…the other is a cultural revolution in the form of massive public investments in other forms of transportation." thestranger.com/slog/2022/05/2

Did you miss the auction? You can still bid on this HO Talgo Pendular mounted display model. Proceeds benefit AAWA, so bid now! ebay.com/itm/165495748165

The meeting and auction in Centralia went very well. If you were able to attend in person or electronically, thank you! We’re sorry if you couldn’t join us, but we look forward to seeing you again soon. We had some technical difficulties, so a recording will not be available. However, the agenda and links to meeting materials are available here:
aawa.us/events/archives/aawa-g

We look forward to seeing you at the AAWA meeting and auction tomorrow in Centralia. Stop by early to join us for lunch at the Olympic Club, and get your bids in for the auction.

If you can’t attend in person, and you’d like to bid on auction items, you are welcome to get a friend to bid for you. You can still register at aawa.us/events/aawa-general-me

Register now for AAWA's meeting and auction this Saturday. We look forward to seeing you in Centralia, or on Zoom. aawa.us/events/aawa-general-me

"The benefit to rural areas is one of the criteria for weighing potential corridor service…Recent efforts by Montana’s Big Sky Passenger Authority to run trains on the route of the North Coast Hiawatha…could also get a boost…The clear front-runners will be states and operating authorities who have…a local match…Mere “expressions of interest” won’t be nearly enough." trains.com/trn/news-reviews/ne

A useful "BIL Navigator" shows Federal funding opportunities. We'll want to use this to plan our advocacy. mckinsey.com/industries/public

More Canadian coverage of Cascades postponement. "While [WSDOT and ODOT] said they understood the challenges staff shortages can bring, they said there were workarounds that could be put in place to re-establish the Cascades service." vancouver.citynews.ca/2022/05/

"[Of the $17 billion transportation package,] Only just over $297 million are coming to [SE Washington], with the majority going to only two road projects: a new bridge in White Salmon over the Columbia River and a bike and pedestrian path in Yakima.…The rest of the funding, just under 25 million, is going to public transit." kimatv.com/news/local/15-of-mo

Daily frequencies return on the Empire Builder, but still no word on Cascades service north of Seattle and to Vancouver, BC. narprail.org/happening-now/new

"If the Senate were to confirm all 5 of President Biden’s nominees tomorrow, then the Northeast Corridor would have 5 of 7 active Board seats (71 percent), since Derek Kan’s old seat would still be vacant." enotrans.org/article/new-amtra

AANW works with partners to improve transportation throughout the region. We are pleased to join the Washington State Rail Policy coalition aawa.us/news/posts/transportat and the Just Crossing Alliance justcrossing.org/partners/

"Designers working on bringing Amtrak’s new Intercity Trainset project to life spent this week gathering feedback from stakeholders, including your Rail Passengers Association, on key elements of the interior design." narprail.org/happening-now/new

"All Aboard Northwest is…advocating for expanding passenger rail service to underserved or unserved communities in the Pacific Northwest, the Mountain West, and the Midwest. Formally launched earlier this year, it’s involved in lobbying efforts, community engagement and education…on how passenger access would affect communities." wyomingpublicmedia.org/politic

"Included in the interchange design is the extension of TriMet’s MAX Yellow Line from the Expo Center, which will cross North Portland Harbor on a separate structure and along Interstate 5." columbian.com/news/2022/may/05

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