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Archive -- Rail Passengers Northwest Division Meeting


Saturday, May 18, 2019 11:30 AM Saturday, May 18, 2019 5:00 PM


Elks Lodge 18 S. Central Ave. Cut Bank MT 59427

Joint Rail Passengers Association Northwest Division, All Aboard Washington (AAWA) & Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates (AORTA) Regional Meeting

Program Topics Will Include:

  • Importance of Amtrak’s Intercity Network Trains to Rural America
  • Empire Builder 90th Anniversary (June 2019)
  • 2020 Reauthorization of the FAST Act Surface Transportation Bill which includes the American passenger rail system
  • Speakers’ presentations along with audience discussion
  • State rail advocacy activities report from NW Division (As Time Permits)

Guest Speakers Include:

  • Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT)
  • Alison Vergeront - Field Representative for US Senator Steve Daines (R-MT)
  • MT State Representative ​​​​​​Jacob Bachmeier - (D - Havre)
  • Jim Mathews - President/CEO - Rail Passengers Association
  • Ric Beals - President - Cut Bank Chamber of Commerce
  • James Pino - Superintendent Operations (Whitefish, MT) - BNSF Railway


  • Registration Starts & Social Time - 11:30am
  • Buffet Lunch - 12:00n
  • Program To Follow Lunch (Concluding By 5:00pm)

Amtrak’s Empire Builder Scheduled Eastbound Arrival & Westbound Departure Times At Cut Bank:

  • 10:40am (MT) – Eastbound Arrival Time
  • 5:51pm (MT) – Westbound Departure Time

Transportation Will Be Provided From/To The Amtrak Station (101 BNSF Industrial Site, Cut Bank, MT) To The Event Site And To Local Lodging.

Local Lodging: Super 8 Cut Bank - 406-873-8325

Additional Lodging Options Available In Shelby (24 East)

Meeting Registration Includes Buffet Lunch, Afternoon Snacks and Beverages

Early Registration - $50.00 per person (Postmarked By April 27)

Late & At The Door Registration - $60.00 per person (All Registrations Postmarked After April 27)

Mail-In Registration Form

For More Information Please Contact:

  • Barry Green - 406-377-8056 (For Program Questions)
  • Mark Meyer - 817-480-5385 (For Cut Bank & Lodging Questions)