National Rail Passengers Group Meeting in Indianapolis To Focus on Advocacy Efforts, Multimodal Transportation Issues
October 12, 2015
For Immediate Release (#15-23)
Contact: Benet J. Wilson
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The shape of multimodal transportation and how rail fits contributes to improving mobility is the theme of the National Association of Railroad Passengers’ (NARP) annual Fall Meeting in Indianapolis October 16-18. The Fall Meeting will feature a series of panels on issues affecting rail and transportation policy.
The Advocacy panel will explore real-world examples of efforts to support rail, ranging from local grassroots events to statewide campaigns. Issues include: what happens when the political climate changes; effective ways to involve young people in passenger rail policy; and a case study on efforts to bring rail service to southern Indiana.
The Current Issues panel will look at ongoing developments in rail policy, including Positive Train Control implementation and the potential impact of a national rail shutdown. The panel will feature viewpoints from the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak, Indiana's Department of Transportation and private sector partners. It will also explore the benefits of daily rail service between Cincinnati and southeast Indiana.
"As NARP approaches its 50th birthday in 2017, the association has accomplished a lot, but we must do more and do it better to meet the challenges facing that national rail network," said NARP President and CEO Jim Mathews. "This conference will kick off NARP’s vision of building more grassroots support for seamless and intermodal transportation options with those interested and invested in our cause. Right now, there’s a unique opportunity to rally behind local citizens and their elected political leaders to advocate for a broader vision of transportation, mobility and economic growth.”
Go to http://bit.ly/1McShUe for the complete Fall Meeting agenda.
About the National Association of Railroad Passengers
NARP is the only national organization speaking for the nearly 40 million users of passenger trains and rail transit. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the U.S. Our mission is to work towards a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. Our work is supported by more than 28,000 individual members nationwide.
"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