Changing Amtrak—Adapting America’s Rail Passenger Service to Respond to the Nationwide Political Constituency for Intercity Passenger Rail

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Friday, November 6, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. MST

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Overview

Take-Away: How America’s Intercity Rail Passenger Service

 

 

 

 

could be adequately funded; why Arizona should receive more

 

than token Amtrak service.

 

 

 

Description: Since 1971, Amtrak has struggled to obtain

 

 

 

 

funding for system growth from Congressmembers

 

representing all states while concentrating its service

 

improvements in the Northeast. It hasn’t worked. Why should

 

a Congressmember vote to fund another region’s rail service

 

when his/her constituents receive little or no service of their

 

own? Could expanded rail service throughout the Nation

 

result in additional public support and justify the funding

 

needed? This session will explore an alternative vision for

 

intercity rail passenger service that will facilitate implementation

 

of services in the Southwest such as Phoenix-Tucson and

 

Arizona-California.

 

 

 

Presenter: Robert H. Bohannan, AICP, Managing Member, R. H.

 

 

 

 

 

Bohannan & Associates, LLC, Principal

 

Speakers

Robert Bohannan, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Robert H. Bohannan, AICP, has over 24 years of experience in transportation and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. From 2011 through 2012, Rob was a subconsultant to Jacobs Engineering Group on two projects: He updated a Transit Feasibility Study for the City of Apache Junction ... Read More