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.
"On behalf of Amtrak’s onboard service staff, I want to thank the Rail Passengers Association for honoring their hard work with this award. The past couple years have indeed been difficult for Amtrak onboard service staff – coping with furloughs and job insecurity, adapting to changing protocols and services, not to mention the unfortunate events such as a tragic derailment and a fatal shooting. Nevertheless, our dedicated members at Amtrak have handled these hurdles with the care, attention and diligence for which they’re known. We thank Rail Passengers for their acknowledgement of our members’ hard work and, as always, look forward to seeing you on the rails."
Arthur Maratea, TCU/IAM National President
December 21, 2021, on the Association awarding its 2021 Golden Spike Award to the Frontline Amtrak Employees.