“Our vision is that America’s cities and regions be transformed into livable places — healthy,economically vibrant, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable – where people have transportation choices.”
What Is Rail~Volution?
For over 20 years, Rail~Volution has been the place to engage in thoughtful discussions with change makers and influencers, the place to share ideas and breakthroughs, frustrations and inspiration, about building livable communities with transit. We provide learning opportunities to equip you with best practices. We connect and expand your network with leaders in the public transportation, transit-oriented development, placemaking and community development fields.
Our annual conference, place-based events and online resource library showcase how land use, transportation and development can transform communities into livable places — healthy, economically vibrant, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable.
A network of people.
What is the Rail~Volution Conference?
Learn, grow and be inspired at the only transportation conference that showcases the link between land use, transit and development. This meticulously curated annual event brings together planners, community activists, transit officials, consultants, developers, lenders, grassroots organizations, academics, elected officials, health advocates and housing advocates to share the most cutting edge information in their fields. For over 20 years, these experts and innovators have come from hundreds of communities to engage in thoughtful discussions at the Rail~Volution conference, a place to explore ideas, breakthroughs, challenges and solutions for building livable communities with transit.
Join a strong, engaged and growing network supported by our committed Board of Directors and Partners. Our Partners are the heart of our network, cutting-edge organizations whose leaders contribute their time and expertise to our National Steering Committee. The National Steering Committee is a vibrant and respected industry think tank. It supports our programs and creates the content for our annual Rail~Volution conference. Our Board is made up of leaders in the public transportation, transit-oriented development, placemaking and community development fields.
When you get involved in Rail~Volution, you join a diverse and driven community of professionals who are passionate about the importance of transportation in communities. You can collaborate and network with dozens of local, regional and national stakeholders from all levels of public and private sectors, working on transportation projects all around the country. Rail~Volution is non-partisan and helps communities integrate transit systems from buses and rail to bikes and pedestrians.
Coming to the conference? You’ll be exposed to some of the best minds on transportation systems, transit-oriented development, and livable communities in the world. You’ll hear how regions across the country are rediscovering community. You’ll have a chance to ask hard questions and explore cutting-edge ideas in more than 75+ workshops, networking events and mobile workshops.
With Rail~Volution you can connect with community leaders, city planners, elected officials, activists, developers, transportation system operators, engineers, architects and housing advocates. You’ll have opportunities to strengthen your own skills. And you’ll help drive transit-related and community development policies that maximize the benefits of transit investments.
We envision America’s cities and regions transformed into livable places – healthy, economically vibrant, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable – where people have transportation choices.
Serve as a catalyst for the movement to build livable communities with transit by inspiring people in communities and regions to make better transit and land use decisions. We do this by partnering, equipping and connecting people and institutions at all levels.
Impact and Results:
Rail~Volution is committed to making a measurable difference towards building livable cities and regions with transit. We focus on sensible, real-world-tested, effective approaches to development that improve the way people live, work and travel.
We invite diverse stakeholders to the Rail~Volution table, honoring what people of different races, nationalities, professional disciplines, and geographic and economic backgrounds bring to our mission. We believe diversity promotes strength and embrace varied opinions and perspectives, recognizing that lively discussion fosters greater understanding, energy, creativity and momentum.
Collaboration and Partnership:
We believe that we accomplish more through collective action than through individual efforts. Our network of people and institutions — connected by common values and goals — is our greatest asset. Rail~Volution aspires to form strong partnerships built on respectful, open and honest relationships.
Rail~Volution strives to be visionary and cutting-edge by promoting cross-sector and interdisciplinary discussions and solutions. We encourage fun and energizing exchanges and creative problem solving, grounded in best practices. We push traditional boundaries to invent new, effective approaches to multimodal transportation planning and community development.
Rail~Volution is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest standards of quality in all we do. We continuously evaluate our effectiveness and seek to improve.
In 1989, Rail~Volution began 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 transport conference. From this point, Rail~Volution acted as a loose federation of sponsoring Partners, united by common interests and dedication. In 2000, the National Steering Committee realized the need for a more formal organization and developed it into a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Rail~Volution has hosted more than 20 transportation conferences all over the United States. From Seattle to Miami, Rail~Volution has showcased the innovations and transportation projects that are proving that investing in transit systems creates jobs, increases health, and creates vibrant livable cities.