The public is invited to discuss passenger rail transportation and help develop the next state rail plan at a public workshop on May 30 in Blaine. Workshop participants will receive an update on ongoing technical analysis and discuss priority needs and opportunities for the state rail system with a focus on long-term plans for Amtrak Cascades intercity passenger rail.
Access the RSVP form here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/WSRP_Blaine30MayRSVPs.
The Washington State Rail Plan will serve as a strategic blueprint for future public investment in the state’s rail transportation system. It will provide an integrated plan for freight and passenger rail, including 5- and 20-year funding strategies, that meets federal and state requirements. The plan will inform the state Freight Mobility Plan; guide WSDOT as it develops strategic freight rail partnerships to support essential rail service; and establish priorities for determining which freight rail investments should receive public support. It will also guide Washington as it works with Oregon and British Columbia to implement intercity passenger rail service. WSDOT will release the final state rail plan by the end of 2013.
Opportunities for Involvement
Rail transportation is dependent on many partnerships between government agencies, private industry and other stakeholders. The plan cannot be successfully implemented without strong support which makes collaboration necessary for a successful outcome. The plan will be a product of broad participation. We are connecting with stakeholders and members of the public in a variety of ways:
- Stakeholder interviews: The purpose of these brief interviews is for information gathering and to solicit perspectives on the existing rail system and identify significant issues and opportunities for the near and long term.
- Stakeholder Advisory Committee: The committee, comprised of individuals selected from multiple rail constituencies, will act as a sounding board as we proceed through development of the plan.
- Public meetings (workshops and open house): Three meetings were held at the beginning of the process and more will follow with the release of the draft state rail plan to solicit public input.
In addition, the project team will provide briefings to groups, send email updates and post updates online throughout the project.
Request a Briefing
To schedule a briefing for your group please call 360-705-7900.
For more information, contact:
Rail Planning and Strategic Assessment Manager
Marketing and Communications Manager