Saturday, 9 December 2023

2023 Winter Gathering

10:00 am

Venue Information

Centralia Depot 210 Railroad Ave. Centralia Washington 98531

Why High-Tech Driving Doesn't Solve Traffic, and Why a Robust Rail Network is a Better Alternative

Greater Northwest Winter Gathering and Annual Meeting for AAWA, AORTA, AANW and the Rail Passengers Association NW Division

Saturday, December 9, 2023, 10 am - 3:45 pm PT
Centralia Depot and on Zoom

Keynote Speakers

Peter Norton Ph. D, is the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (MIT Press), and of Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving (Island Press, 2021).He is associate professor of history in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, where he teaches history of technology, social dimensions of engineering, research, and professional ethics.

Meredith Richards is President of the Virginia Rail Policy Institute, Board Chair of the Rail Passengers Association, and former President of Virginians for High Speed Rail. She has a long history in rail advocacy and community involvement, including serving on the Charlottesville City Council and over 30 years involvement in public boards and commissions relating to transportation planning, municipal government, economic development and land use.

Additional Sessions

  • Next-Generation Passenger Rail Equipment and Schedule
  • More Trains and Funding: FRA Grant Opportunities, Long-Distance Study, Rail Projects
  • 2024 State Legislative Agendas
  • Transportation Equity and Accessibility
  • Dreams Into Reality: Building Coalitions, Creating Effective Community Outreach

More details available at the GNWPRS website.

Hosted by All Aboard Washington, The Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates, All Aboard Northwest, and the Northwest Region of the Rail Passengers Association.

Register now! Click the Register button below and enter your lunch selections. We will also have drinks and snacks available before the event and at breaks.

We regret that there can be no returns or exchanges.

Lunch options


  • Cherrywood Smoked Ham & Cheddar (H)
  • Oven-roasted Turkey Breast & Provolone (T)
  • Vegan Veggie Wrap (V)


  • Potato salad (S)
  • Fresh fruit (F)
  • Chips (C)


  • Snickerdoodle (SC)
  • Chocolate chip (CC)
  • Oatmeal raisin (OC)

Photo by Flickr user The West End

Event Price

In-Person Registration, Lunch with Ham
In-Person Registration, Lunch with Turkey
In-Person Registration, Lunch with Veggie
In-Person Registration, No Lunch
Zoom Registration