Sleeping Giant Citizens Council, the Helena affiliate of the Northern Plains Resource Council, is hosting a FREE public forum on passenger rail on Tuesday, January 25th at 7:00PM over Zoom.
The purpose of this forum is to inform citizens on the proposed passenger rail line, the North Coast Hiawatha Route, which will connect 24 counties across Southern Montana. Lewis and Clark County is one of seven remaining counties that has not joined the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority (BSPRA), which puts Helena at a disadvantage concerning the planning, routing, grant possibilities, and scheduling of the train line. The forum will help to explain the social, economic, and environmental benefits of the passenger rail line for Helena, and convince the County Commissioners to get on board and join the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority.
The forum will feature six panelists, including Mayor Wilmot Collins, Dr. Jeremy Johnson, professor of political science at Carroll College, and Mike Rooney of Downtown Helena Incorporated. Dave Strohmaier, the chair of the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority, will be our guest speaker. There will be time for Q&A after the panelists speak. An online petition will be available to sign to help generate support for the rail line.
Please register for the free event at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-vpzgqGtaVM-yu3V-Sy4VwrPAMxUx5
After registering, you will be sent a confirmation e-mail with information about joining the meeting. Please reach out to Emily at (406)-248-1154 or e-mail email@example.com with questions or concerns. We hope to “see” you there!