Promoting rail as an integral part of Washington state's transportation solutions.

Friday, 13 September 2019

North Sound Transportation Alliance Regional Rail Conference

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Venue Information

Skagit Station

105 E. Kincaid Mount Vernon WA


Printable flyer available here

BNSF Railway – capital investment, safety program, and operational update

Andrew Johnson, Assistant Vice President, BNSF Railway

Sound Transit III connections to the Sounder service

Martin Young, Sounder Operations Manager, Sound Transit

WA State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Rail Plan update

Jason Beloso, Manager, Planning and Strategic Assessment, WSDOT Rail Office

WSDOT High Speed Rail Business Case Analysis summary

Jason Beloso

Topic Focus: Mid-Day Amtrak Service

NSTA is interested in a pilot of a mid-day Amtrak rail service between Seattle and Bellingham, possibly only on weekends. Question for the panelists: What are the opportunities and challenges to mid-day Amtrak service between Seattle and Bellingham?

Panel: Operational capacity, available equipment, and local support

Andrew Johnson
Martin Young
Jason Beloso
Luis Moscoso, All Aboard Washington
Lloyd Flem, All Aboard Washington
Moderator: Bruce Agnew, Director, Cascadia Academy

Open discussion

The North Sound Transportation Alliance (NSTA), formerly known as the Farmhouse Gang, is a coalition of concerned citizens, elected officials and professional staff of transportation agencies from Washington’s five northwestern-most counties: Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Snohomish. NSTA strives to develop better ways for people to travel in the region by collecting travel and system data to identify needs; improving regional connections and sustaining and expanding services; enhancing mobility through sustainable, equitable, and innovative transportation solutions; and by informing the public about transportation services to enhance awareness of the regional transportation network. More information about NTSA is available at: