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In Memoriam (Amtrak Cascades Train 501 Crash)

Transport Action BC wishes to express condolences for the deaths of Jim Hamre and Zack Wilhoite, as well as the other victim and the many people injured in the December 18, 2017 Amtrak Cascades Train 501 crash.

TABC was shocked to hear the news about the derailment on a day that was meant to be a celebration of the inaugural service on the new alignment. To hear about the deaths of two prominent activists with All Aboard Washington / Rail Passengers Association (NARP) is a further shock. While we did not know either Jim or Zack, we have always been impressed with the work All Aboard Washington has done to advance passenger rail in the state of Washington. AAW is a model of how a rail advocacy group should function. The steady, incremental improvements in the Amtrak Cascades service over the years is in large part due to the hard work of advocates like Jim and Zack. We owe it to them to continue the fight for better train service.

More details on Jim and Zack’s lives and work can be found at AAW and RPA (NARP).


Matthew Buchanan
President – Transport Action BC
Coquitlam, BC

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