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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 www.gnwprs.org.

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"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." trains.com/trn/news-reviews/ne

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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 allaboardnw.org/blog/be-a-stop

"Slow tourism is a chance to embrace the local culture. The idea is build a connection to the place you're visiting, by discovering delicious foods, different music styles or locations off the beaten track…this is a more responsible way to see the world, which involves staying for longer and trying more eco-friendly modes of transport." Sounds like a train trip to a small town! newsweek.com/what-slow-travel-

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AANW encourages regional connections and discussions through social media. Rail.chat is operated by AANW, and features "discussions about long-distance, passenger and freight rail networks for economic, environmental and equity benefits (Fediverse.party)." It has no advertising, and is an open-source "federated" site, meaning that anyone with a Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica, Misskey or Hubzilla account can participate. Or you can create your own free account at rail.chat/.

'The revolutionary thing about the Elizabeth Line is that it is not a subway at all.…They can ride right into town, or straight through to the other side, if they are in the mood. Dewhirst said that the best comparison for the Elizabeth Line was the R.E.R., in Paris. “It’s more than a Tube,” he said. “It’s a mode.”' newyorker.com/news/letter-from

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"The best on-time performance for any Amtrak route during the first quarter belonged to the Chicago-Milwaukee Hiawatha service, which recorded 95.1% customer on-time performance. The worst was Auto Train, with an on-time rate of just 24.2%. Eight long-distance trains recorded on-time performance of less than 50%." trains.com/trn/news-reviews/ne

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"Public benefits metrics, included for the first time in the FY 2022 first quarter report, show that in FY 2021 Amtrak served 67,835 riders in areas not well-served by other modes of intercity transportation, such as air or intercity buses."

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Federal Railroad Administration Publishes Quarterly Report on the Performance and Service Quality of Amtrak Intercity Passenger Rail Operations railroads.dot.gov/newsroom/pre

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"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

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Among many other issues called out in Amtrak's report, "Senior IT officials told us the assumption to relocate or replace these IT staff was not feasible in 2019 or now, primarily because of the significant operational disruption that would result from losing so many people with company-specific technology knowledge." railwayage.com/passenger/inter

--I figured this out without the "Getting started video." I never watch videos. If something is so complex that it needs a video, it's been badly designed.
Oh, and one more thing. "You need an ORCA card to use the myORCA app." So I haven't bothered.

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The new Orca website myorca.com is ok, but I have some minor complaints.
--It has all sorts of Google trackers.
--There is no (obvious) way to transfer full accounts from the old site; you have to do it one card at a time.
--If you want to set up autoload, you can't do it from the page where you add your card. You need to do it from Payment Settings in the main menu, then go back to My Cards.

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

"The Star Alliance plans to add an intermodal member in the near future. It will be a European company, and it sounds like it could very well be a rail operator." onemileatatime.com/news/star-a

Thanks to @lightone for listing Rail.chat on your "Themed Servers" list!

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Rail.chat

Rail chat at rail.chat! 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.