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Saturday, December 9 Schedule subject to change

Thank you for hosting your summit in Centralia! We can't wait to host you and what a fun day in downtown that will be! We will have different caroling groups throughout the day as well as our beloved Lighted Tractor Parade that evening starting at 6! It is our biggest event of the year and would love it if you joined in the festivities.

I hope you have a wonderful event, and an even better time in the heart of Centralia. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about downtown!

MacKenzie McGee
Executive Director | Centralia Downtown Association
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 391, Centralia WA 98531
Physical Address: 214 N. Tower Ave., Centralia WA
[email protected] | 360-880-4648

9:00 - 10:00am


10:00 - 10:30am

Next-Generation Passenger Rail Equipment and Schedule

  • Jason Biggs and Kirk Fredrickson, WSDOT (confirmed)
  • Kathy Holmes, ODOT (confirmed)
  • Chase Kitchen, Amtrak (confirmed)
10:30 - 10:55am

More Trains and Funding: FRA Grant Opportunities, Long-Distance Study, Rail Projects

  • Dan Bilka, All Aboard Northwest, Moderator (confirmed, virtual)
  • Alan Adolf, Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (confirmed, remote)
  • Mike Christensen, UtahRPA (confirmed)
  • Chris Smith, Just Crossing Alliance (confirmed)
11:00am - 11:55am

Keynote Addresses: Why High-Tech Driving Doesn't Solve Traffic, and Why a Robust Rail Network is a Better Alternative

  • Dr. Peter Norton, University of Virginia
  • Meredith Richards, Virginia Rail Policy Institute and Rail Passengers Association

Lunch and Business Meetings

  • Breakout Session 1: AORTA Annual Meeting
  • Breakout Session 2: AAWA Annual Meeting
12:45 - 1:40pm

2024 State Legislative Agendas

  • Luis Moscoso, AAWA/AORTA, Moderator
  • Sen. Jeff Wilson, WA Legislature (confirmed)
  • Sen. Chris Gorsek, OR Legislature (confirmed)
1:45 - 2:25pm

Transportation Equity and Accessibility

  • Hollyanna Littlebull, NW Tribal Transportation Assistance Program, UW (confirmed)
  • Cecilia Black and Amara Schermerhorn, Disability Mobility Initiative (confirmed)
2:30 - 3:45pm

Dreams Into Reality: Building Coalitions, Creating Effective Community Outreach

  • Charles Hamilton, AAWA/AANW, Moderator
  • Cecilia Black and Amara Schermerhorn, Disability Mobility Initiative (confirmed)
  • Mike Christensen, UtahRPA (confirmed)
  • Dr. Breck Lebegue, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and Gleb Sych, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (confirmed, remote)
  • Tim Gould, Sierra Club (confirmed)
  • Chris Smith, Just Crossing Alliance (confirmed)
  • Mary Paterson, Rail Can't Wait (confirmed)
  • Spring Bartlett, Panhandle for Passenger Rail (confirmed, remote)