As part of the Great American Stations project, Amtrak hosts Civic Conversations in an effort to inform communities about station renovation and build partnerships with those working to revitalize the stations Amtrak serves.
- How to get started with a project and introduction to Amtrak contacts
- Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Possible federal and private funding sources
- Case studies of successful station projects
- Amtrak station planning guidelines
- Historic preservation regulations
Portland, Ore., to Host the 10th Civic Conversation
The next Civic Conversation will take place in downtown Portland on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013. It will focus on the Empire Builder, Coast Starlight and Amtrak Cascades routes to include Amtrak-served communities in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and northern California.
St. Paul, Minn., Hosts the 9th Civic Conversation
The most recent Civic Conversation took place at the St. Paul Crowne Plaza Hotel on September 26th, 2012. The program included Amtrak-served communities along the route of the Empire Builder in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. Activities included a tour of the recently restored St. Paul Union Depot, where Amtrak will relocate in fall 2013.
Burlington, Vt., Hosts the 8th Civic Conversation
The Civic Conversation in Burlington, Vt. took place at the Hilton Burlington Hotel on December 8, 2011. Amtrak-served communities in attendance represented the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.
Huntington, W. Va., Hosts the 7th Civic Conversation
The Huntington Civic Conversation took us into the heartland visited by the Cardinal on Thursday, March 31st, 2010. With 43 attendees in a small but dynamic space, we gave the Amtrak ADA review and update as well as presentations on the Kirkwood, Mo. volunteer program, funding sources and real estate development. Lawrence, Kan. and Osceola, Iowa also presented their case studies in this information-packed one-day program.
Chicago, Ill., Hosts the 6th Civic Conversation
The sixth Civic Conversation was held at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza from July 21-22, 2010. We concentrated on Midwest communities getting service as a result of receiving state or ARRA funds. The focus was on Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa and the potential for establishment of service on the Dubuque route, Quad Cities service, and the Madison extension.
San Antonio, Texas, Hosts the 5th Civic Conversation
The fifth Civic Conversation, held in San Antonio, Texas on January 27-28, 2010 was a great success. With over 75 attendees from along Amtrak‘s Heartland Flyer, Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle routes, the event included valuable presentations, breakout sessions and a chance for socializing.