Longview City Councilmember Mike Wallin was recently appointed to serve on the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Ad Hoc Freight Rail Committee. The Committee will represent cities across the State impacted by increased rail traffic.
Several proposed economic development projects across the state have brought to the forefront the need to address rail congestion and safety impacts in local communities. Washington is likely to experience an increase in freight volumes in the near future. Accommodating economic expansion and freight mobility in urbanized areas in a manner that is safe and consistent with local quality of life is a critical issue for cities.
"Expanding local economic opportunities is a priority of mine, but we must do so while also balancing public safety and preserving freight mobility for our existing businesses," said Wallin. "Serving on this important committee will allow me to best represent Longview residents and businesses concerns for safety and freight mobility as our local rail traffic increases with new economic opportunities."
As Congress develops reauthorization legislation, the Ad Hoc Freight Rail Committee will communicate and coordinate with affected cities, Washington’s congressional delegation, the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board, the Washington State Department of Transportation, regional planning agencies, and ports to request funding and authority for improvements along rail freight corridors. Anyone wishing to express rail ideas or safety concerns is invited to contact Wallin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
AWC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary; however AWC maintains 100% participation from Washington’s 281 cities and towns. The goal of AWC is to create and maintain livable cities and towns throughout the state.