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AAWA goes to Yakima - Sept 13

All Aboard Washington will be meeting on Sept. 13 in Yakima. The meeting will be noon-3 p.m. at Russillo's Pizza and Gelato, 32 N Front St. Russillo's is in the former Northern Pacific Railway Station. Our speakers include Rep. Norm Johnson (R-Yakima) and former Yakima Mayor Paul George (who is running...

All Aboard Washington outreach at Tacoma Rail and Harbor Days

Our two outreach events at the end of August were very successful in bringing the message of intercity passenger trains to hundreds of people. Tacoma Rail’s Open House (and Centennial Celebration) Saturday August 23 attracted a large crowd, much of which were families with young children. The AAWA table, staffed by...

Station developments around the Northwest

Here's an article from the September/October 2014 All Aboard Washington newsletter. Tacoma With the Pt. Defiance Bypass Project – which relocates Amtrak service through Tacoma from the Pt. Defiance line to the line used by Sounder to Lakewood – advancing, the Amtrak station for the city needs to be relocated to Freighthouse...

Ken Uznanski, Nationally-Respected Passenger Rail Leader, Passes Away

While several individuals deserve credit for Washington state’s successful rail passenger program, none more than Mr. Ken Uznanski, fine husband, father, and manager and guiding light of the WSDOT’s Rail Office (now Rail Division) for many years. From the viewpoint of one who worked very closely with Ken, I knew...

Passenger Rail Lost a Leader and Friend on July 7

The passenger rail community in our state and our country lost a tireless advocate and friend yesterday with the passing of Ken Uznanski. Ken led the WSDOT Rail Division during the 1990s and first decade of the 21st century when the intercity passenger rail program bloomed in Washington and the...

URGENT - Letters Needed for Seattle's Center City Connector!

Fellow Rail Advocates,   We need to write to members of the Seattle City Council and urge them to proceed with the planning for the Center City Connector (CCC) - the streetcar line that will connect the South Lake Union and First Hill lines.  As I have mentioned in the past, it...

All Aboard Washington June 14th Meeting

All Aboard Washington will be having our next meeting at Basil's Kitchen in the Embassy Suites Hotel (Embassy Suites Hotel 15920 W Valley Hwy, Seattle, WA 98188) in Tukwila, WA next to the Amtrak/Sounder Station. Mike Elliot of the BLET (Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen) and Herb Kohn of...

Amazon Smile

All Aboard Washington is now a member of Amazon Smile. Your purchases on AmazonSmile can benefit All Aboard Washington. Its Easy to do! Just remember to go to smile.amazon.com and your purchases help us!   Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your...

National Train Day at King Street Station

Saturday May 10th was National Train Day. Amtrak and  other community groups hosted events at Amtrak Stations nationwide. Seattle's at King Street Station was no exception. Amtrak had a grant event at the newly restored King Street Station, where Amtrak's Rob Eaton, Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, WSDOT's Ron Pate...

“Rail in the Northwest” Program May 14

Many rail advocates will be interested in a program  “Rail in the Northwest”, presented by Russell Holter. The program is a look at the significance of railroads in the history and development of our region and Washington state. Mr. Holter is  professionally employed by the Washington State Department of Archeology...