A Civic Conversation is a forum for community and state officials focused on building, preserving, restoring and upgrading existing Amtrak-served train stations to ensure they remain important transportation centers.

Getting out on the road and directly meeting with communities impacted by our services is an important part of the Great American Stations project. Since 2007, we have hit the tracks and held successful Civic Conversations across the United States.

A speaker addresses guests at our first Civic Conversation in Denver.

A speaker addresses guests at our first Civic Conversation in Denver.

A Civic Conversation is a forum for community and state officials focused on building, preserving, restoring and upgrading existing Amtrak-served train stations to ensure they remain important transportation centers. These meetings educate and inform community leaders along Amtrak’s routes, emphasizing the value of station renovation, economic impact opportunities and ADA compliance. To date, there are at least a dozen station projects that were able to put shovels in the ground and/or hold a ribbon cutting ceremony due to the partnerships formed at a Civic Conversation.

Guests learn about renovation options at the Portland Civic Conversation.

Guests learn about renovation options at the Portland Civic Conversation.

The all-day conferences allow participants to interact with other communities, share lessons learned and best practices, develop relationships with Amtrak personnel and discuss key aspects of station building and renovation, including:

  • How to get started with a project and introduction to Amtrak contacts
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Possible federal, state and private funding sources
  • Case studies of successful station projects
  • Amtrak station planning guidelines
  • Historic preservation regulations

We aim to hold Civic Conversations as frequently as possible and will update the website with new locations as they are finalized.  To date, we have held ten events throughout the country in:

  • Denver–July 2007
  • Pittsburgh–Dec. 2007
  • Albuquerque–May 2008
  • Savannah–Feb. 2009
  • San Antonio–Feb. 2010
  • Chicago–July 2010
  • Huntington–March 2011
  • Burlington–Dec. 2011
  • St. Paul–September 2012
  • Portland–June 2013
  • Memphis–September 2014

Sign up  for our Great American Stations newsletter to learn when and where new Civic Conversations will be held and to receive a recap of recent meetings and station updates.

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