The New Rail~Volutionaries is national networking group associated with the Rail~Volution conference, formed to make the conference more accessible, engaging and meaningful for new and emerging professionals.
“We, the New Rail~Volutionaries, are committed to increasing the participation and impact of new professionals in creating livable communities. We shall advance the national movement that fosters new approaches and innovation in land use and transportation.”
Rail~Volution started in 1989 as a series of outreach and advocacy events geared toward developing advocates for the Portland region's MAX Light Rail System. In 1994, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) announced the translation of Rail~Volution’s mission to the national level. Since then, Rail~Volution has acted as a loose federation of sponsoring Partners and Affiliates united by the pursuit of better, more livable communities through advocating recalibrated approaches to evaluating the relationships between land use and transit. The association was formalized in 2000, with Rail~Volution developed into a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.
Our group provides networking and learning opportunities for all transportation and land use planning professionals, with a particular focus on giving chances for those just emerging in the field to meet and connect with professionals who consider themselves to be more established. So whatever you consider yourself, you are more than welcome!