We are citizen activists, developers, business leaders, planners, local elected officials, transit operators, government officials and more. We come together each year, from more than 300 communities, towns and regions of all sizes and shapes, to share ideas and breakthroughs, frustrations and inspiration.
Why Should You Attend?
Non-partisan. Not ideological. The more than 75 workshops, networking events, charrettes and toolbox sessions bring together some of the best minds on livability in the country and the world. They present concrete examples and dialogue to illustrate the rediscovery of community that is sweeping the country.
Whether an established expert or a new professional, attend Rail~Volution if you want to:
- Jumpstart your project — with fresh ideas for both public and private sectors.
- Engage your community — with useful tools for advocates and elected officials.
- Expand your horizons — by meeting new clients or earning AICP CM credits.
- Shape the future — with new contacts, skills, perspectives and concepts.
- You will come away with knowledge, direction and a renewed sense of passion for creating vibrant, sustainable, livable places.
What Is Rail~Volution's History?
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.