Rail Passengers Association Resolution Regarding Amtrak
September 4, 2018
On August 30, 2018 the Board of Directors of the Rail Passengers Association unanimously adopted an important policy resolution statement
After lengthy discussion, deliberation and debate, on August 30, 2018 the Board of Directors of the Rail Passengers Association unanimously adopted the following policy resolution:
The Rail Passengers Association Board will conditionally support the board and management of the National Passenger Rail Corporation (Amtrak) in its 2019 budget recommendations and appropriations request to Congress providing that it maintains the current interstate rail transportation network of trains and routes.
The Rail Passengers Association Board strongly encourages Amtrak's board and management to be timely and transparent in its strategic plans for expansion of train service, improved passenger amenities and re-fleeting of the entire passenger rail network.
On behalf of our members and the 40+ million Americans that use trains as a travel mode, Rail Passengers Association will continue to work with Amtrak and all other carriers that serve the public and are intent on operating and expanding a truly interstate passenger rail network.
Make no mistake; Rail Passengers Association will hold Amtrak accountable when it falls short of its national mission.
"When [NARP] comes to Washington, you help embolden us in our efforts to continue the progress for passenger rail. And not just on the Northeast Corridor. All over America! High-speed rail, passenger rail is coming to America, thanks to a lot of your efforts! We’re partners in this. ... You are the ones that are going to make this happen. Do not be dissuaded by the naysayers. There are thousands of people all over America who are for passenger rail and you represent the best of what America is about!"
Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Department of Transportation
2012 NARP Spring Council Meeting