Releases

NARP Releases, Statements & Letters

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

Statement from NARP’s Jim Mathews on NTSB’s Findings for Amtrak Train 188

Release #16-12

For Immediate Release (#16-12) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Washington, D.C. – The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) investigative findings on May 17, confirmed what we already suspected: that the Amtrak Train 188 derailment would have been avoided had Positive Train Control (PTC) technology been in place. That means if the U.S. had a rational infrastructure investment policy – like every expert and transportation official recommends – the eight passengers killed

NARP Sends Intern on the Ultimate Summer “Road Trip”

Release #16-11

For Immediate Release (#16-11) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 #SummerByRail to Stop at 20 Cities in 38 Days, Covering 10k Miles by Rail and Bike Washington, D.C. – With school and finals behind her, college sophomore Elena Studier this summer is taking her bike on an epic 38-day multi-modal “road trip” across the country by rail, visiting more than 18 cities and 15 states. Studier, 20, spent her school year interning with NARP and sketching out her big adventure. She kicks of

Concurring With Senators, NARP Presses For New Amtrak CEO Committed To Growing A Unified National Passenger Network

Release #16-10

For Immediate Release (#16-10) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Advocacy Group Urges Appointing A Visionary New Leader For America’s Railroad Washington, D.C. – National Association of Railroad Passengers President and CEO Jim Mathews has written to Amtrak’s entire Board of Directors to urge them to consider a vibrant, visionary railroad leader as Amtrak’s new President and CEO rather than an administrator or someone from outside the rail industry. NARP has not and will not

NARP Council of Representatives Elects Peter LeCody as New Chairman

Release #16-09

For Immediate Release (#16-09) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Two-Year Term to Focus on A Connected America and Multimodal Transport Washington, D.C. – During the National Association of Railroad Passengers’ (NARP) Council of Representatives last week, Peter LeCody was elected as the organization’s new Chairman. LeCody will serve a two-year term and assumes the role from Robert J. Stewart, who served for the past six years. “I am humbled and honored that the Council has el

NARP Applauds U.S. Senate for Increased Funding to Support Passenger Rail

Release #16-08

For Immediate Release (#16-08) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Rail Advocacy Group Calls for Full Authorization of FAST Act [Updated April 19, 3:15pm Eastern, to reflect more detailed numbers released by the Senate Appropriations Committee] Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers applauds the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development’s (THUD) decision to increase funding for passenger rail to $1.7 billio

NARP Statement on FY2017 Transportation Appropriations

NARP on FY2017 Appropriations

[Click here for a PDF version of this statement.] Statement of Jim Mathews President & CEO * * * Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies The Honorable Thad Cochran Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate * * * Fiscal 2016 Department of Transportation Appropriation * * * April 18, 2016 Thank you for the opportunity to submit this statement. Thank you also for your work to ensure that intercity passenger train service is part of a mod

NARP President's Letter to Amtrak Board on Search for New CEO

NARP to Amtrak Board on CEO Search

[PDF version of original letter] April 15, 2016 Mr. Anthony M. Coscia Chairman of the Board of Directors Amtrak 60 Massachusetts Ave, NE Washington, DC 20002 Dear Mr. Coscia: With the retirement of Joe Boardman as Amtrak’s President and CEO, each of you as Board members has a unique opportunity to consider who might be best suited to build on the progress of the past few years to move passenger rail forward in this country in a positive and responsible way. On behalf of Amtrak’s 31 milli

Senators Thune and Wicker Receive Honors from NARP for Continued Advocacy of a National Passenger Rail Network

Release #16-06

For Immediate Release (#16-06) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Senators Receive “Golden Spike” Award at Congressional Reception Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) were honored with a prestigious award conferred by the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) last night at the organization’s annual Congressional Reception. The “Golden Spike” Award is given to individuals who promote and help advance the cause o

NARP to Honor Metra Commuter Rail Senior Manager with Burch Memorial Safety Award

Release #16-07

For Immediate Release (#16-07) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Shamonda Jones Demonstrates Commitment to Safety for passengers with 1,300 Daily Trains Traveling through Chicago Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) honored Shamonda Jones, senior manager of Metra Commuter Rail in Chicago, with the Dr. Gary Burch Memorial Award during NARP’s April 12th congressional reception. Jones was nominated by Metra’s leadership for her dedication to fos

Statement by NARP President Mathews on Amtrak Chester Derailment

Release #16-05

For Immediate Release (#16-05) Contact: Sean Jeans Gail 202-320-2723 This morning, south of Philadelphia in the city of Chester, PA a collision with what appears to be a piece of maintenence-of-way-equipment led to a derailment of the lead engine of Palmetto Train 89. Currently there are two known fatalities on the ground, but none aboard the train. Amtrak service is suspended between New York and Philadelphia. "We at NARP were saddened to learn this morning of the derailment just south of P