Archive -- Rail Passengers Webinar Series: Passenger Rail Under the Big Sky & Beyond - an update from Montana’s Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 3:00 PM Wednesday, February 23, 2022 4:00 PM
Looking for inspiration on the power of local government in passenger rail advocacy? Then join Rail Passengers on Wednesday, February 23rd at 3pm eastern as we talk with Dave Strohmaier, Chairman of Montana’s Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority about how the Authority came into existence and the opportunities for local governments to catalyze regional and national change.
Established during the height of the pandemic in November 2020, the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority became the first regional passenger rail authority in Montana, and was entirely the result of county governments coming together around the shared vision of restoring the North Coast Hiawatha, which was discontinued by Amtrak in 1979. In the past year and a half, they’ve arguably accomplished more toward this goal than in the previous 42 years combined.
In partnership with Big Sky, the Rail Passengers Association recently completed a research note, “North Coast Hiawatha Restoration: A Solid Return for Taxpayers and Business,” which Rail Passengers President & CEO Jim Mathews will join to summarize.
For more info and a link to register, click here.
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Registration will close Monday, February 21st at Midnight eastern. Space, as always, is limited to 475 participants, so reserve your spot now.
Plan on attending? Submit your questions! Send in your topic specific questions to Madison Butler at [email protected] with the subject line "Big Sky Question" to be answered during the event. Questions will be due by Friday, February 18th.
Miss out on our past events? You can watch them on our YouTube channel or through our website at railpassengers.org/webinars
"It is an honor to be recognized by the Rail Passengers Association for my efforts to strengthen and expand America’s passenger rail. Golden spikes were once used by railroads to mark the completion of important rail projects, so I am truly grateful to receive the Golden Spike Award as a way to mark the end of a career that I’ve spent fighting to invest in our country’s rail system. As Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, it has been my priority to bolster funding for Amtrak, increase and expand routes, look to the future by supporting high-speed projects, and improve safety, culminating in $66 billion in new funding in the Bipartisan infrastructure Law."
Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
March 30, 2022, on receiving the Association's Golden Spike Award for his years of dedication and commitment to passenger rail.