Founded in 2018, Cascadia Rail is a nonprofit organization advocating for high speed rail in the Pacific Northwest.
Chair & Co-Founder
Paige has been an advocate and communications leader for public transportation projects for over 10 years. She co-founded Cascadia Rail to promote how innovative transportation solutions can connect people to new opportunity. Paige is serving her fourth year as Chair; she presents on high speed rail and has spoken at conferences including APTA, Railvolution, and Microsoft High Speed Rail Summit. By day, she is a strategy consultant who helps businesses build digital communications into their marketing plans.
Andrew Glass Hastings
Andrew has been a leader on key transportation policies and initiatives for nearly 15 years and can easily be described as a transportation nerd. From the time he arrived in Seattle, Andrew has been a leader in some of the most defining transit and transportation measures in our region’s history. In his previous role as the Director of Transit & Mobility for the City of Seattle, and as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Mayor of Seattle, Andrew and his team worked to redefine urban mobility by integrating transit, equity and new mobility programs into the broader transportation system. Currently, Andrew helps lead the Pacific Northwest Transit and Urban Mobility practice for CDM Smith, where he works with cities and transit agencies to help them shape their mobility futures.
Vancouver Chapter Lead
John works as a transportation planner for the District of West Vancouver in British Columbia. His experience living in Japan and riding its high speed rail network was the spark for his interest in transportation, particularly sustainable modes. His master’s thesis, Rail Integrated Communities in Tokyo, focused on high density, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly developments around railway stations in the Tokyo area.
Oran is a transportation engineer who shares his passion for public transportation through compelling maps and visuals. He volunteered to design vision maps because he believes high quality transit and high speed rail will make his hometown and region an even nicer place to live for all people. His day job is designing products that help people find their way around cities for transit agencies across the United States.
McKean J. Evans
McKean grew up in Maine, lived in the Midwest as an adult, and moved to Seattle in 2017. McKean loves the Pacific Northwest because it is the only place he knows of with both the economic opportunities of a major city and the outstanding natural beauty of the great outdoors. McKean volunteers for Cascadia Rail because he believes that smart growth through urbanization and transit is the only way to keep the best of both of those worlds. By day, McKean is an attorney helping individuals and small businesses protect their rights against big corporations. When not litigating, McKean is usually out hiking, birding, or paddling in the beautiful Pacific Northwest Wilderness.
Roger is a native of Seattle with a background in operating and capital finance, management, information systems and data analysis. With more than a decade of mass transit investment strategy experience in New York City, Roger is committed to urban sustainability and trimming travel carbon emission profiles. He also believes US passenger rail is poised for a renaissance, and that high-speed rail will be transformative for US businesses, travelers, and commuters in the megaregions.
Matthew has worked on public infrastructure projects for both state and local governments. He has degree in environmental science from the University of Arizona. His interests include urban planning, sustainability and has grown a love for rail following travels throughout Europe. He currently works for the City of Mukilteo.
Eliot is a graduate student at University of Washington studying sustainable transportation. He has had a lifelong fascination with mobility and has brought the love of public transportation back to his hometown of Denver after spending time living in Chicago. When it comes to transportation, his passions include high-speed rail, vehicle autonomy, using trams and gondolas in urban settings, and creating a seamless multi-modal mobility networks.
Alan is a cartographer working at the intersection of data visualization and map design. Born and raised in Bellingham, Alan has lived and studied throughout the Cascadia corridor, finishing his undergraduate degree at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, and completing a MS in Geography at UBC in Vancouver, Canada. He is a strong believer that technology must be used wisely to make our cities and our region more equitable and sustainable.
Matt has an environmental background, working at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for 9 years, and is committed to climate change solutions in the Cascadia region. Currently working in county government in Oregon and teaching community college science courses, Matt is also an avid transportation advocate. He believes that a better-connected Cascadia region will help unite what makes us great, and help usher in prosperity for the future.