Why Long-Distance Trains Matter
March 4, 2013
Written By Malcolm Kenton
Long Distance Trains: A Foundation for National Mobility, a white paper by NARP and theMidwest High-Speed Rail Association, aims to correct common misconceptions about Amtrak's national network of overnight trains and to demonstrate the valuable role they play in connecting small towns and rural areas to larger cities, with multiple city-pair "corridors" served by one highly productive train.
NARP believes that the long distance trains should remain a federal responsibility. which was reaffirmed in the 2008 law. We believe connecting all parts of the country with reliable, affordable passenger train service is an important federal policy objective.
"The National Association of Railroad Passengers has done yeoman work over the years and in fact if it weren’t for NARP, I'd be surprised if Amtrak were still in possession of as a large a network as they have. So they've done good work, they're very good on the factual case."
Robert Gallamore, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University and former Federal Railroad Administration official, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University
November 17, 2005, on The Leonard Lopate Show (with guest host Chris Bannon), WNYC New York.