Montana Passenger Rail Virtual Summit
Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:00 AM Thursday, September 17, 2020 2:00 PM
On Thursday, September 17, virtually join elected officials, business leaders, students, passenger rail experts, environmental organizations and transportation enthusiasts for the Montana Passenger Rail Summit.
Learn about the creation of the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority in Montana;
Hear from experts on the economic benefits of expanded passenger rail service, opportunities for public-private partnerships, and what a passenger rail system for the 21st century might look like; and
Understand ways that that members of the public, elected officials, and private sector stakeholders can help restore passenger rail to southern Montana!
When: Thursday, September 17
Where: Virtual Conference
Who: Elected officials, business leaders, public health officials, environmental organizations and activists, students, and transportation enthusiasts
Why: To create a transformational project for Montana — establishing safe, reliable, affordable intercity, long-distance passenger rail service through southern Montana
Agenda: Under construction
Organizers are still finalizing the agenda, but confirmed speakers include:
- Elaine Clegg, city council president, Boise, Idaho
- Robert Eaton, director, State Supported Service and Government Affairs, Amtrak
- Jordan Hess, councilman, City of Missoula
- Jim Mathews, president and CEO, Rail Passengers Association
- Roger Millar, secretary of transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation
- Andrea Olsen, representative, Montana House
- Beth Osborne, director, Transportation for America
- John-Robert Smith, chairman, Transportation for America
- John Spain, vice chairman, Southern Rail Commission
- Dave Strohmaier, commissioner, Missoula County
"The National Association of Railroad Passengers has done yeoman work over the years and in fact if it weren’t for NARP, I'd be surprised if Amtrak were still in possession of as a large a network as they have. So they've done good work, they're very good on the factual case."
Robert Gallamore, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University and former Federal Railroad Administration official, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University
November 17, 2005, on The Leonard Lopate Show (with guest host Chris Bannon), WNYC New York.