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Upset About Recent Changes To Amtrak Service? WE ARE TOO!

Take Action Today! Make Your Voice Heard!

Amtrak has sprung a lot of changes on passengers in the past few months, including the April 19th annoucement that traditional dining car service is being eliminated on the Lake Shore Limited & Capitol Limited (under a pilot test program) starting June 1st. A lot of our members are upset about these changes, and I wanted to let you know: WE HEAR YOU! Your Rail Passengers staff is busy advocating for improved service—both in DC and in our regional offices. We're reaching out to Members of

2018 Advocacy Toolkit

Follow-Up With Your Member of Congress NOW!

These documents were used during RPA's 2018 'Day on The Hill' Office Visits and are available for you to print and distribute! And, as ever, be sure to reference our 2017 Ridership Statistics for your area and trains! 2018 RPA Legislative 'Ask' 2018 Policy Sheet NEC & Gateway Project 2018 Policy Sheet On Time Performance 2018 Policy Sheet Rural Mobility 2018 Policy Sheet State of Good Repa

Great News for Rail Passengers in Fiscal Year 2018 Budget!

Congress significantly increased funding for Amtrak, passenger rail, and transit as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, a victory for passenger advocates that’s been a long time in the works. The bill includes $2.813 billion for intercity rail--an increase of $1.3 billion over last year! That figure includes $1.9 billion for Amtrak ($650 million for the Northeast Corridor and $1.3 billion for the National Network); $593 million for the Consolidated Rail Improvement, which includes $250 milli

Congress Presses Amtrak, Amtrak Leadership Gives Right Answers

Senators get answers about Amtrak’s plans for long-distance trains, and increased funding from the House’s proposed budget.

Congress Presses Amtrak on National Network, and Amtrak Leadership Gives the Right Answers Update as of 5-17-2018 Senators sounded awfully like members of the Rail Passengers Association in hearings last Wednesday on rail safety and to confirm the Trump Administration’s most recent appointee to the Amtrak Board, resulting in some illuminating answers on Amtrak’s plans for the National Network among some other key issues. From what was said on record to congress yesterday, we know now that

Amtrak Communities Petition

It is absolutely necessary that Amtrak-served Communities organize to demand that Amtrak reaffirm its commitment to providing long-term, sustainable train service to its entire network.

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Former Amtrak President Questions Current Execs' Motives

Former Amtrak President Joe Boardman has issued a blistering open letter in response to recent moves by current Amtrak management, saying they endanger the sustainability of the national network. The letter came in response to a letter Amtrak sent to elected officials (copied below) applying strict, additional requirements to its match for the Southwest Chief TIGER grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation to Colfax County, New Mexico. “I’ve seen enough. I’ve heard enough,

RPA Letter in Response to Amtrak's SW Chief Announcement

The Honorable Jeff Denham U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads --- The Honorable Michael Capuano House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads The Honorable Deborah Fischer U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure --- The Honorable Gary Peters U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastr

Is Your Mayor Onboard?

As Congress finishes last year's budget process and plans ahead for next year's spending, it's critical that local cities play an active part in the process. Contact your Mayor today! Just last year, we saw efforts in both Congress and the White House to kill Amtrak's National Network. With a concerted campaign of station rallies, calls, and meetings passenger advocates were able to turn back these efforts, and secure additional funding for passenger rail in both the House and Senate. Now we n

The 2018 Passengers' Guide to Advocacy

As Congress finishes last year's budget process and plans ahead for next year's spending, it's critical that train passengers play an active part in the process. That's why the Rail Passengers Association is launching our 2018 campaign to bring the voices of America's passengers to the halls of Congress. And we need your help! The bipartisan agreement passed by the Senate this week, if passed into law, provides a real opportunity for transportation in the appropriations process. The deal would

Supreme Court Action on Freight Delays?

Justice Dept. Cracks The Door Open For Supreme Court Freight-Delay Action 

The Justice Dept. has advised the Supreme Court that it does not “at this time” support review of the Association’s on-time performance case, but at the same time mostly agreed with our position on the merits of our claim – which leaves the door open for the Court to hold our petitions until a federal appeals court rules on metrics and standards issues in a related case filed by the American Association of Railroads. The office of the Solicitor General – the third-ranking official in