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Reconnecting America's experts will be participating in the Rail~Volution conference Oct. 16 to Oct. 19 in Washington, DC.

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A listing of when and where Reconnecting America staff and our partners at the Center for Transit-Oriented Development will be speaking is online here.

What is Rail~Volution?

 Rail~Volution is, first and foremost, a conference for passionate practitioners - people from all perspectives who believe strongly in the role of land use and transit as equal partners in the quest for greater livability and greater communities.

How did Rail~Volution get started?

 Rail~Volution started in 1989 as a series of outreach and advocacy events geared towards developing real advocates for the Portland metropolitan region's MAX Light Rail System. At the conference in 1994, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (District 3, Oregon) announced that in 1995, Rail~Volution would become a national conference. From this point, Rail~Volution acted as a loose federation of sponsoring Partners and Affiliates, united by common interests and dedication. In the year 2000, the National Steering Committee realized the need for a more formal organization, and a strategic planner was brought in to assist this process. The National Steering Committee decided Rail~Volution should develop into a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.

Where and when is Rail~Volution 2011?

Rail~Volution 2011 will be in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., from October 16-19 at the historic Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Should I attend?

You should attend the conference if you:

  • Want to see your community adopt an innovative approach to transit and other alternative forms of transportation.
  • Work in the private sector and want to have meaningful interactions with potential new clients.
  • Work in the public sector and want to learn best practices along with colleagues from around the U.S. and beyond.
  • Want to have a stronger voice in how your community plans for future growth.

What will be discussed?

Speakers and topics are still to be announced but expect to attend hands-on workshops that feature case studies and how-to discussions, symposia that provide in-depth explorations of issues facing every community, and inspiring plenary sessions that showcase some of the best livability minds in the country and the world. 

When can I register?

Stay tuned for details on registration in the near future. The website will be updated on a regular basis




For more information about the conference, visit the Rail~Volution website at