Solutionary Perspectives - An interview series hosted by Bill Moyer and Diane Wittner, examining the perspectives of Solutionary Rail allies and stakeholders.

Rail Alternatives to Snake River Barging

This presentation, June 30, 2022, discussed the capacity of the Snake River system to mode shift grain off of barges and onto trains.

Check out our UPDATED LSR Barge2Rail slidedeck HERE. It provides a lot of useful information and maps to support our policy recommendations/action steps

Don't miss our Action Steps document. View or download the PDF of Planning for Resilience - Action Steps HERE.

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Robert Heacock on the Lower Snake River Dams & the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Snake River dam removal/breaching is being discussed by policymakers, with a plan for restoring the salmon expected to come out in July.  Robert's presentation will discuss the pros and cons of the dams, dam removals on other rivers, transportation alternatives to barging, and the impact of the dams on both salmon and the seven campsites of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of October, 1805. On March 24, 2022 Robert shared a unique perspective on the past, present and potential future of the Snake River.  Watch the video HERE.

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Clyde Anderson

 

Clyde Anderson of Omaha, Nebraska talks about his career as a civil engineer and transportation planner in the railroad industry, involved in several railroad mergers in the Midwest and guiding the efficient functioning of rail terminal operations.  Before and since retirement, Clyde has been engaged in community, transportation and environmental activism, including with the Sierra Club, ProRail Nebraska and Mode Shift Omaha.  
Bio, links and additional information HERE

The Leadership & Legacy of A. Philip Randolph, a Conversation with Gabriel Prawl & Clarence Thomas


"PSR - Can We Please Be Honest Here?"

 

Bio, links and additional information HERE

History of Amtrak

US Rail History Part 2:
Amtrak - its Formation, Present and Future

Presentation by Steve Chrismer, P.E. PhD (Amtrak - retired)


US Rail History Part 1: Land Grant Railroads


The Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority with Dave Strohmaier

Check out our conversation with Dave Strohmaier, Chair of the Missoula Board of County Commissioners and Chairman of the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority (BSPRA)

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Solutionary Rail Briefing April 30, 2021

Solutionary Rail's approach to decarbonization: opportunities, obstacles, and pathways forward

 

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Electric Vehicles, Smart Growth, Environmental Justice & Avoiding Eco-Colonialism

Electric Vehicles are touted as a key component to solving our climate crisis. Many consumers are jumping on the EV bandwagon, and companies like Amazon are building a fleet to ship goods by electric truck. Likewise, national environmental organizations are pushing EVs as key to lowering GHG emissions and transitioning to a green economy. So are we and many of our allies.

This is all understandable, but are EVs a real climate solution in and of themselves?

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Plans Are For Action - Michael Sussman on the 2021 Nevada State Rail Plan

Solutionary Rail is thrilled to present this conversation on the recently completed Nevada State Rail Plan, featuring with Michael Sussman of Strategic Rail Finance & OnTrackNorthAmerica. 

State Rail Plans must be reworked every 4 years. The 2021 Nevada State Rail Plan raises the bar for state rail plans across the country. Utilize this conversation as a guide in your advocacy for meaningful rail plans that set the stage for concrete actions that leverage rail transport for the public interest. 

Listen and learn from Michael and the great questions from many Solutionary Rail advocates across the country. 

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Kansas DOT's Win-Win Support of Short Line Railroads

John Maddox has been working for over two decades to help short line railroads continue to provide competitive transportation options to farmers in Kansas. Meanwhile, the Kansas DOT program saves taxpayer dollars from unnecessary road wear and tear, improving road safety and reducing diesel emissions. 

This is a win-win program with strong bi-partisan support! 
Hear from John about how this work has been accomplished, the benefit cost analysis Kansas does, and how other state and short line railroads might learn from their effort. He presented on AASHTO and TRB webinars in the past year, and we were so impressed that we invited him to share the story Kansas has to tell, for the benefit of us all. 
Bio, links and additional information HERE

Robert Colón on Solutionary Rail and Harmonizing Urban & Rural Landscapes in Florida

Available on Facebook HERE

Solutionary Rail hosts a presentation by Robert Colón, a landscape architect, titled: "Ranches to Railways: An Adaptive Framework for Protecting Florida’s Heritage Landscapes in the Anthropocene."

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Carlo Borghini on European Shift2Rail for Freight Transport in the Public Interest

Watch and listen to our conversation with Carlo Borghini, (bio) Executive Director of the European Union's Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking

Shift2Rail is the first European rail initiative to seek focused research and innovation (R&I) and market-driven solutions by accelerating the integration of new and advanced technologies into innovative rail product solutions. Shift2Rail promotes the competitiveness of the European rail industry and meets changing EU transport needs. R&I carried out under this Horizon 2020 initiative develops the necessary technology to complete the Single European Railway Area (SERA). 

Moreover, Shift2Rail has ambitious targets and a robust framework in which to meet them. Specifically, the initiative aims to double the capacity of the European rail system and increase its reliability and service quality by 50%, all while halving life-cycle costs.

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Rural Resilience, Regeneration and Rail in Iowa, a conversation with Seth Watkins & Jeff Kurtz

 

Seth Watkins (biois a a fourth generation farmer. He stewards the Pinhook Farms cow-calf and crop operation in Clarinda, Iowa. I first heard Seth Watkins speak while lurking on an Iowa Farmers Union Facebook livestream. I was so deeply impressed that I immediately reached out to see if he'd be willing to have a conversation with the Solutionary Rail team and engage in a conversation about rural resilience, regenerative agriculture and the potential for rail infrastructure to bolster and revive rural communities.

Bio, links and additional information HERE

#Grounded: A Conversation with Winona LaDuke and Bill McKibben on Decarbonization, Localization & Just Transition

Localization of economies, democracy and resilience requires that we be/get "Grounded" -  reconnected to place, planet and each other. In the old "normal" it was difficult to imagine stopping air travel. Today, it is much easier to imagine. The climate, planet and creatures need the new normal to look dramatically different from the old normal. NOW is our moment of opportunity.

The Backbone Campaign Team and allies held a 1 hour conversation with Winona LaDuke and Bill McKibben on this CoViD-19 moment and its relevance for decarbonization, localization, and system transformation. Check it out! Then take action to #ReMakeTheWorld and let's get #Grounded.

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Local Living Economies for Community Resilience - a Conversation with Judy Wicks.

Judy Wicks is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable, and locally-based economy.

A recent interview with Judy on resilient regional economies during these time of pandemic is HERE.

Founder of Philadelphia’s landmark White Dog Cafe, Ms. Wicks is author of Good Morning Beautiful Business and her current projects include: All Together Now PA  Circle of Aunts and Uncles and Proud Pennsylvania.

 

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Solutionary Perspectives: A Conversation with NASA Climate Scientist Nathan Kurtz, Ph. D.


Solutionary Perspectives: Rural Communities & Rural Organizing


Solutionary Perspectives: Environmental Justice - Freight Impacts on Workers & Communities


Lac Megantic Rail Disaster and Solutionary Rail


Trains, Barges & Agricultural Transport Economics - Conversation with Dr. Ken Casavant


Solutionary Perspectives - Liz Veazey on the potential of bringing renewable energy to rural electric cooperatives


Neil Seldman on Local Self Reliance


Clean Energy, Community Economy, and Energy Democracy


Just Transition Baltimore


Clean Vehicles and a Clean Grid with Sierra Club's Joe Halso


Just Transition in Chicago's Little Village


Rail Realities from a Locomotive Engineer

Check out this two part interview with Fritz Edler, retired locomotive engineer and champion for railroad workers.  Fritz serves as a special representative for Railroad Workers United, aka RWU.

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Solutionary Perspectives: Rural Electrical Cooperatives & Renewable Energy with Jim Heneghan

On this episode (in 2 parts) we discuss the latest developments on the Solutionary Rail campaign and hear from our featured guest Jim Heneghan, the renewable-energy engineer at the Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), a co-op on the western end of Colorado.

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Solutionary Perspectives: Center for Sustainable Economy with Daphne Wysham & Dr. John Talberth

"Solutionary Perspectives" is a video podcast series hosted by Bill Moyer and Diane Wittner, examining the perspectives of Solutionary Rail allies and stakeholders.

In this episode Bill talks with Daphne Wysham an early supporter of Solutionary Rail and Dr. John Talberthboth from the Center for Sustainable Economy. The CSE has been front and center in the campaign to create Portland's No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure policy, and is now offering a new model for putting a price on the risks of fossil fuel transport.

 

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Solutionary Perspectives: Diesel Impacts on Community Health in Kansas City (Parts 1 & 2)

"Solutionary Perspectives" is a video podcast series hosted by Bill Moyer and Diane Wittner, examining the perspectives of Solutionary Rail allies and stakeholders.

June 14, 2017 -- This week, in a two-part interview, we hear from environmental justice advocates Eric Kirkendall and Leticia DeCaigny of Kansas City, KS - an American crossroads, and home of the second-largest railyard in the U.S. Leticia and Eric will share their experience with the impacts of diesel exhaust on their communities and the personal experience that propels their activism to protect their families and community from the impacts of diesel pollution from intermodal freight.

Bio, links and additional information HERE

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