Rail Passengers 2020 Policy + Campaign Briefing
Thank you to everyone who attended our February 18th policy + campaign briefing! The turnout was so large that our system struggled to accommodate all attendees, so apologies to anyone who had trouble accessing the platform.
- As promised, we're providing a copy of our presentation: Rail Passengers 2020 Policy + Campaign Briefing (Feb. 18)
- We will also upload a recording of the presentation for this week's Hotline.
During the briefing, we covered some simple steps you can take NOW to ensure a successful Rail Passengers Day on the Hill:
1.) Ask your House Representative to Support Strong Funding in FY2021
Ask you Representative to sign-on to the FY2021 House Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee “Dear Colleague” letter led by Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), which calls for full funding of Amtrak and passenger rail grant programs
Reach out to your Representative to identify any key passenger rail or transit projects which would benefit from federal Amtrak or rail grant funding (Deadline for Member submissions to House Appropriations Committee: February 28, 2020)
2.) Share Our Briefing Documents With Your Elected Officials
Go to RailPassengers.org/RailNation2020 to find our library of 2020 advocacy material. Once you have them, send them to your elected officials once you've asked them to fully fund Amtrak in FY2021 (step 1).
We will update these with specifice issue briefs closer to our Day on the Hill, so make sure to check back.
3.) Begin Scheduling Your RailNationDC:2020 Meetings
We've provided an easy "How To" guide excerpted from "A Beginner's Guide to RPA Day on the Hill," written by our Council Member T.J. Girsch. This will help walk you through the process of setting up a meeting for our national Rail Passengers Day on the Hill -- whether it's here in D.C., or over the phone with a Congressional staffer who work in district. Just head over to RailPassengers.org/RailNation2020 for all the details.
And remember: let us know when you schedule meetings with our easy-to-use Day on the Hill Meeting Submission Form!
Thank you for all your work in building a better passenger rail network for all Americans!
-Sean Jeans-Gail | Vice President of Gov’t Affairs + Policy
Rail Passengers Association
"We would not be in the position we’re in if it weren’t for the advocacy of so many of you, over a long period of time, who have believed in passenger rail, and believe that passenger rail should really be a part of America’s intermodal transportation system."
Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Department of Transportation
2011 Spring Council Meeting