RailNation: Meridian 2023 - Fall Advocacy Symposium | October 6-8, 2023


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Welcome - Jim Mathews, Rail Passengers President + CEO & Meredith Richards, Rail Passengers Chairwoman

Keynote Address - Amit Bose, FRA Administrator

Mayors' Panel - Mayor Carolyn McAdams (Greenwood, MS), Mayor Friday Ellis (Monroe, LA), & Mayor Dan Gibson (Natchez, MS)

Onboard Service Improvements: Best Practices for Enhancing the Passenger Experience - M. Ned Butler, Rail Passengers Communications Manager

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Luncheon Speaker - Peter LeCody, Texas Rail Advocates President & Former Rail Passengers Chairman

Southern Rail Commission Presentation - Knox Ross, SRC Chairman

New Developments at Amtrak - Larry Chestler, Amtrak Vice President, Long Distance Service Line & Anna Lynn Smith, Amtrak Vice President, Strategy & Planning

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Finalizing Rail Passengers Association’s Route Recommendations for the FRA’s “Daily Long-Distance Service Study” -Sean Jeans-Gail, Rail Passengers VP of Government Affairs + Policy & Frank Loetterle - FRA Intercity Passenger Rail Planner

Closing “Fireside Chat" - Jim Mathews, Rail Passengers President + CEO & John Robert Smith, Former Mayor of Meridian & current Transportation for America Chairman