Past Conferences


Pacific Northwest Passenger Rail Summit – May 6, 2017

The Pacific Northwest Passenger Rail Summit is being held Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, Washington.

This regional conference, sponsored by the Rail Users’ Network, and All Aboard Washington (AAWA) will examine passenger rail and trail transit issues in the Pacific Northwest. The focus will be on recent success stories, projects which are moving forward, and those which need support. We will also highlight the strategies of rail advocates in other parts of the country to promote and expand passenger rail. Read More


New England Regional Conference, April 29.

Join us at  the “Who’s Looking Out for You? The State of Rail Advocacy in New England” Conference in Boston, Friday, April 29, 2016.

This exciting meeting is taking place Friday, April 29, 2016 from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m. free of charge, at the Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street-10fl. (Green Line-Arlington station, Orange Line-Back Bay station) read more . . .


Making the Transition from Roads to Rail Conference” in what was once considered the car capital of the world.

This exciting meeting is taking place Friday, March 27, 2015 from 8:00 to 5 p.m. at the Southern California Association of Government Offices, 818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor in Los Angeles.

This national conference, which is being sponsored by the Rail Users’ Network, will examine how Los Angeles is making the transition  from roads to rail.  The day will begin with opening remarks from Richard Rudolph, Chairman, Rail Users’ Network, and Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, SCAG. Featured speakers include Denny Zane, Executive Director of MoveLa, Don Sepulveda, Executive Officer, Regional Rail, Los Angeles County Metro, Arthur Leahy, CEO of L.A. Metro,  and Mark Murphy, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Amtrak Long Distance Services.  read more …


How Passenger Rail & Rail Transit Improve the Economic Vitality of Cities and Regions

Friday, May 2, 2014, 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., held jointly with the SEPTA Citizens Advisory Committee, at the offices of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA. (optional tour on Saturday, May 3)

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The Rail Users’ Network “Promoting Rail for Mobility and Economic Vitality” Conference, 2013.

The conference was held Friday, April 26, 2013, from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the headquarters of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, 35 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL.

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‘Keeping Connected by Rail: Making Your Voices Heard!’

The “Keeping Connected by Rail:  Making Your Voices Heard” Conference, will be held on April 20, 2012 at the American Public Transportation Association Headquarters, 1666 K Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

The conference which is being sponsored by the Rail Users’ Network, will examine what’s  happening in the Mid – Atlantic region of the U.S. The focus will be on recent success stories,  which projects are moving forward, which are standing still, and could use some help. Of course, effective advocacy is paramount to success.

Our keynoter, Don Phillips of Trains Magazine, will examine what needs to be done at the state and national level to create a world-class rail passenger system in the United States.   Other speakers include Art Guzzetti, Vice President of Policy, APTA , who will provide a layout of the land in DC, and what we can expect, given the present Congress, and prospects for change, both in the near future and long term. Brian Rosenwald, Chief,  Product Management for Amtrak, will focus his remarks on what Amtrak is doing in the short run to improve long distance service.

Participants attending the conference will also hear from rail activists who are working at the grassroots and state level to improve and expand service in the Mid – Atlantic Region.

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