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InlandRail Endorses Mary Lou Johnson. At their September meeting, the InlandRail board, with board members Bryant and Lamotte absent, and board member Lamotte later expressing his wishes to go on record as dissenting, endorsed Mary Lou Johnson in her bid to unseat County Commissioner Al French, who arguably has done more to derail the light rail project than any other single person. Read more.

InlandRail's 2013 Billboard Campaign. Did you catch any of our billboards? We thought it was time to renew the region's interest. See our FAQs page for new information and a much needed "shot in the arm".

InlandRail's Email List. To more easily communicate with our friends, we have created our first interactive email list. Learn more about it on our email lists page—join now!

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs... a subject triggering keen emotion and intense debate these days. Check out the very positive jobs forecast associated with a light rail effort in our region. Regardless, the STA Board (and some others) refused to accept this comprehensive analysis when they torpedoed the light rail steering committee's recommended high capacity transit alternative—light rail for the east-west corridor.

Guest Editorial in the S-R. InlandRail Board president KC Traver wrote a guest opinion that appeared in the March 27, 2010 Spokesman-Review RoundTable. We invite you to check it out. This is truly a must-read. His article is also available on our editorial page—click here.

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Recommended Outside Reading:
  • PublicTransport.about.com Public Transport site hosted and authored by Christopher MacKechnie. Great repository of transportation related information, both rail and bus.
  • The Transport Politic: "The Silly Argument Over BRT and Rail"
  • Light Rail or BRT? Documented discussions and public debates regarding the suitability of BRT versus LRT.
  • Rails to Real Estate A report produced by Center for Transit Oriented Development—analyzes three recently completed light rail projects for the quantity and quality of LRT-driven development.

2013 billboard campaign
2013 Billboard Campaign

InlandRail is a registered non-profit*, non-partisan citizens' group dedicated to advocating for rail transit as part of a more balanced transportation network for the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho region, promoting sustainable growth, economic vitality, affordable citizen mobility, and increased community character.

InlandRail believes:

  • A truly robust regional transportation system is comprised of many elements: local transit/circulation/feeder service (bus/ streetcar/ vanpool/ others); sub-regional transit service (express bus/bus rapid transit); and regional transit service (light rail transit).

  • Transit-oriented development is an economic development phenomenon numerous studies have shown to associate with fixed rail-based transit systems in a synergistic, beneficial manner related in some way to the predictability and "mystique" of rail travel.

  • The ballot measures sponsored by Spokane Transit Authority (STA) in 2006 were very confusing. Notably, despite limited time for public outreach, the final vote was surprisingly close, each of the two measures failing by only a few percentage points. Nonetheless, STA views the vote as a mandate for no additional action at this time.

  • Considering the severely time-constrained educational campaign preceding the 2006 vote, the unfavorable but extremely close voting margin belies a regional readiness to continue planning for a future light rail system.

*In order to preserve all advocacy options, InlandRail is purposely not registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.


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