Please join us…

As our state focuses on growing its economy by increasing foreign trade, it is critical that we keep in mind the infrastructure needs that must accompany that growth. How will increased bulk and other cargo exports impact our current rail system? What investments are already being made? What are the challenges we face to insuring that future investment is strategic and coordinated? What’s being done right now, and what should we do going forward to help insure that the infrastructure is in place to keep our economy growing?

The 2014 WPPA Transportation and Infrastructure Seminar will address these issues head-on. We’ll hear from experts on the current state of our rail system, and whether it has the capacity to manage increases in coal and other bulk cargoes that are likely coming. We’ll talk with Class I Railways about their current initiatives. We’ll hear from other stakeholders on their current efforts to address future needs. And we’ll roll up our sleeves and get to work to collaborate on a coordinated, strategic effort that will get our state on the right track.

The conference takes place at the beautiful Courtyard by Marriott, Richland Washington, on the banks of the Columbia River and adjacent to Columbia Point Golf Course and Marina Park. We hope to see you there!


John Wolfe
Chair WPPA Transportation and Infrastructure Committee


Draft Agenda:

Thursday September 18th

7:30            Registration/Breakfast

8:00            Welcome

8:05            Freight Mobility
What Does The PSRC Coal Study Really Mean?
How Do We Prioritize Transportation Infrastructure Projects?
Mega Projects Update
State Transportation Plan

9:45            Break

10:15         Coal, Oil, and Derivatives Shipping By Rail
Opportunity for Ports
Community Engagement
State Prevention and Response Capability
WPPA Policy

12:00         Lunch

1:30 p.m.   PNW Gateway and Great Northern Corridor
Coalition Development, Status, Next Steps

2:30            PNW Ports and Class I Rail Relationships
Collective Engagement, Capacity Study, Performance Measurement

3:45            Break

4:15            Bus Tour

5:30            Wine Reception at Bookwalter Winery

Friday, September 19

7:30            Breakfast

8:00            Transportation Infrastructure Funding

Federal Update
– Highway Trust Fund
– National Freight Mobility Board

State Update
– Comparison and assessment of various state proposals

9:45            Break

10:00         Agricultural Shipping Issues, Challenges, and Successes
Rail, Road, River to Export




Courtyard by Marriott Rooms are $129 per night plus applicable taxes. The cutoff date for room reservations is August 21st. Please make your room reservations now in order to take advantage of the special group rate. Reservations can  be made by calling 509-942-9400 and be sure to mention our group code of ITSR when reserving your room. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 noon.

A map and driving directions are available on their website. Just enter in your starting point and they will give you precise directions. Please click here.

The hotel also provides a visitors guide on their website so if you would like to know what else there is to do in the area, please click here: Visitor’s Guide

We look forward to seeing you in Richland and remember, casual dress is required!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!!!


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Sponsoring our Wine Reception at Bookwalter Winery



If you are interested in sponsoring this conference, please contact Mandy Lill: or James Thompson: in the WPPA office. You can also reach them by phone: 360-943-0760.

Thank you!

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