Releases

NARP Releases, Statements & Letters

An archive of press releases, Congressional statements, letters to officials, and written testimony.

White House Budget Will Kill Amtrak Service

Release #17-12

Rail Passengers Launch "Rally for Trains" Campaign For Immediate Release (#17-12) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Washington, D.C. - This summer's travel season may be the last with passenger trains for millions of Americans. The Trump Administration's proposed budget wipes out funding for long distance train service in over 220 cities and towns and in 23 states that will lose train service completely. In response to the budget, Jim Mathews, President and CEO of the National

Rail Passengers Sends Two Interns on Cross-Country Trip by Train

Release #17-11

#SummerByRail 2017 to Stop in 22 Cities Over 27 Days on a Multi-modal Adventure www.summerbyrail.com For Immediate Release (#17-11) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Washington, D.C. – Two college students won the summer’s best internship which will take them on a 27-day road trip by train to 22 cities. Victoria Principato and Caitlin Boyle were hired by the National Association of Rail Passengers (NARP) for the 2nd annual “Summer By Rail” journey where they will s

White House Doubles Down on Cuts to Infrastructure Investment, Slashes Amtrak Routes and Transit Funding

Release #17-10

For Immediate Release (#17-10) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Washington, D.C.--The Trump Administration released a detailed budget proposal that guts funding to Amtrak’s long-distance trains, and slashes funding to key transit and transportation funding programs, threatening to accelerate the deterioration of physical infrastructure constricting economic growth in the U.S. NARP is asking its members—and all rail and transit passengers everywhere—to hit back against thi

NARP Issues Statement of Support for Caltrain Funding

Release #17-09

For Immediate Release (#17-09) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Washington, D.C. - National Association of Railroad Passengers President and CEO Jim Mathews issued the following statement of support in response to the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) decision to move forward with a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA), federal investment for Caltrain’s Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP). “On behalf of the the 65,000 train commuters who depend on the P

Sen. Leahy, Rep. Stefanik, Rep. Kuster Awarded Golden Spike for Bipartisan Work on Enhancing US-Canada Rail Link

Release #17-08

For Immediate Release (#17-08) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Rail Passengers Association Honors Legislators for Improving Travel and Commerce, and Clearing the Way for Return of Vermont - Montreal Connection Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Rail Passengers, an organization representing the 40 million Americans who rely on passenger trains and rail transit, honored Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, and Representative

Rail Passengers Respond to White House Budget: “What About the Jobs, Mr. President?”

Release #17-07

(Click on the image below to reach your congressional representative or Senator!) For Immediate Release (#17-07) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Plan Turns Back on Rural America and Midwest: Will Eliminate Amtrak Routes to Most Rural Communities, Destroy Jobs, and Hurt Local Economies Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Rail Passengers, the premiere national organization speaking for the nearly 40 million users of passenger trains and rail transit, denounced th

NARP Opposes Another NIMBY Attack on All Aboard Florida

Release #17-06

For Immediate Release (#17-06) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Two Anti-Brightline Bills, With Gulf Coast Restoration as Collateral Damage Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers submitted a letter to the heads of Florida’s State Legislature opposing two proposed bills that would hamstring rail projects in the state. The bills target All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail project, which will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando with fas

Passengers Oppose Job-Killing Regulations Aimed at Texas Train

Release #17-05

For Immediate Release (#17-05) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Railroad Passengers is calling on leaders in the Texas State Legislature to reject a draft of job-killing regulations aimed at the private-sector project to connect Houston and Dallas with high-speed trains. Matching the state’s rapidly growing reputation as an incubator for cutting edge technology, Texas is currently home to one of the most exciting passenger rail projec

NARP Letter to FRA Advocates for Northeast Corridor Vision

NARP Letter to FRA on NEC

(Note: These comments are included as a PDF for the record as well as in text below) NEC FUTURE U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration One Bowling Green, Suite 429 New York, NY 10004 To Whom It May Concern: The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) would like to thank the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the NEC FUTURE team for conducting the NEC FUTURE Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in such detail and providing requisite options to implement a 21st century visio

NARP Urges Secretary Chao to Support High-Speed Rail in California

Release #17-04

For Immediate Release (#17-04) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Washington, D.C. — On February 9th, 2017, NARP President and CEO Jim Mathews wrote to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support the California High-Speed Rail (CAHSR) project. In the letter, Mathews highlighted the CAHSR project as “a vital element of critical transportation infrastructure investment in the U.S.,” that will generate economic benefits, create jo