Expressions of Solidarity: UE's Call for Public Ownership of Railroads & Environmental Justice Perspectives
[A Spanish language version of this video is HERE]Bio, links and additional information HERE
Expresiones de solidaridad: Transformando ferrocarriles a propiedad publica y perspectivas de comunidades de justicia ambiental
"Nuestra nación ya no puede permitirse la propiedad privada de los ferrocarriles; el bienestar general exige que sean puestos bajo propiedad pública." ~ DECLARACIÓN DE LA JUNTA EJECUTIVA GENERAL DE LA UE (30 de Enero, 2023)Bio, links and additional information HERE
Why WSDOT ought to embrace the Amtrak Cascades Long Range Plan
Interview with Rail Expert Tom White
In Washington State, the climate imperative and transportation justice demand that policymakers favor trains - not more lanes or planes! Solutionary Rail campaign lead Bill Moyer interviewed one of the co-authors of the Amtrak Cascades Long Range Plan, discussing where we are today and next steps we need the Legislature and WSDOT to take.
“I see absolutely no reason whatsoever to study a 'range of alternatives.' Our mission in 1992 was to develop a service to get the maximum number of people off of highways onto a train. It was not a small, a medium and a large plan or anything like that. It was, “We’ve got all these people on this highway. You figure out to how get 'em off.” That should be the mission right now. And it isn’t.” ~ Thomas White rail expert and co-author of the Amtrak Cascades Long Range Plan.Bio, links and additional information HERE
Rail in the Public Interest: Updates on LSR Barge to Rail and Railroad Worker Solidarity
Solutionary Rail welcomed back our allies with Railroad Workers United to talk about their recently passed Resolution in Support of Public Ownership of US Railroads. We also got a short update on the LSR Barge to Rail work Solutionary Rail is doing in the Pacific Northwest and heard reports from the SR Hive.
Bio, links and additional information HERE
US Railroad Strike: What's at Stake, How We Got Here & Why NOW is the time for Solidarity (featuring RWU)
Please sign the letter of Solidarity at SolutionaryRail.org/Solidarity2022
Planning for Resilience in the Snake River Region
Solutionary Rail presented an update of our research on how mode shift from barge to rail can happen quickly and a more resilient system built before, during and after the Lower Snake River dams are breached.Bio, links and additional information HERE
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.
Watch our newest presentation on Solutionary Rail's work on barge to rail mode shift at:
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
The Leadership & Legacy of A. Philip Randolph, a Conversation with Gabriel Prawl & Clarence Thomas
History of Amtrak
US Rail History Part 2:
Amtrak - its Formation, Present and Future
Presentation by Steve Chrismer, P.E. PhD (Amtrak - retired)
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)
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
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 (bio) is 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