The Washington State Legislature passed its 2009-11 Transportation Budget which included $1 million in funding to begin to rehabilitate a portion of Clark County / Chelatchie Prairie Rail Line.
According to Eric Temple, the President of the Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad (PVJR), the tremendous cooperation between Clark County, its Railroad Coordinator, the Clark County Railroad Advisory Board, and the PVJR was a critical element in raising awareness in Olympia about this important infrastructure project. Additionally, the government affairs consultants that Clark County and the PVJR utilized did a great job of keeping the issue top-of-mind with legislators. More importantly, because of all the work that was done over the past few months to raise awareness with the legislature about this project, many key legislators from Clark County and from across the state were instrumental in helping to secure the $1 million in funding for this project, said Temple.
In a recent letter that was sent to various legislators, Fred Abraham, the Railroad Coordinator for Clark County, stated that Clark County greatly appreciated the strong support for this project from the legislature. “This railroad has a long history in Clark County and the economic benefits it can provide are certainly recognized. I’m looking forward to seeing the results from the upgrades to rail infrastructure in regards to this funding which will enable us to grow businesses on the rail line,” said Abraham.