NARP Members Making Things Better for Passengers in Michigan
February 7, 2013
Written By Sean Jeans Gail
In another instance of NARP members working to improve the experience of riding trains, Michiganmembers of NARP’s Council of Representatives have worked to install an electronic departure and arrival board for the Kalamazoo Transportation Center.
The board—a repurposed flat screen television—is part of a pilot program that NARP hopes to expand to other cities:
The city ofKalamazoois the first city to have the boards as part of the project organized by the National Association of Railroad Passengers, said John DeLora, vice chair of the association.
TheKalamazooTransportationCenteris also the first center in the country to have multiple transportation schedules on one board, DeLora said. The boards operate off of city computer data.
Funding for the boards was made possible through a $25,000 grant from the Sally Mead Hands Foundation, which promotes "green transportation."
This is the first such board in theU.S.for intermodal transportation that includes inner-city transportation. It cost about $10,000 to do the research to create the boards. The hardware was about $500.
"It would have been a million-dollar project in the 70s," DeLora said.
DeLora said he hopes to expand to six to eight other stations inMichigan,IllinoisandWisconsin. The next station will beBattle Creek, he said.
"The COVID Pandemic has been and continues to be the biggest challenge faced by Americans as it has taken a deadly toll on the world and on the world’s economies. During COVID Locomotive Engineers at Amtrak and other Passenger and Freight Railroads have embodied the definition of essential workers. This dedication by our members is not new. We applaud the Rail Passenger’s Association for recognizing the vital contributions of our members and their hard work moving Americans and freight during the COVID pandemic."
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