Bill Moyer is the Executive Director of the grassroots organization Solutionary Rail, and co-author of the book of the same name.
Nearly a decade ago, while fighting against the endangerment of the Pacific Northwest as a fossil fuel corridor to Asia, Bill confronted a railroad labor advocate asking whether all the coal and Bakken oil trains were really the highest use for US railroads. That railroader followed up with his own challenge to Bill,” See if you and your people can ‘green’ this” as he handed bill a 2008 whitepaper on “modernizing the ‘Northern Transcon'”. At the time, Bill barely knew that that is one of the names for the rail corridor from Chicago to the Puget Sound. That challenge was the beginning of Solutionary Rail. Over the next few years Bill convened and collaborated with a team of rail, sustainability, and environmental justice experts to produce the 2016 book Solutionary Rail, a people-powered campaign to electrify US railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future. Solutionary Rail’s campaigns have put rails at the center of building an unconventional alliance to solve problems together.
Bill lives with his wife and daughter amongst the huckleberries, ferns, firs, woodpeckers, owls and coyotes on Vashon Island in the Salish Sea.