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Contest: Your View from the Train

Since 1967, our mission has been to work toward a modern, customer-focused national passenger rail network that provides a travel choice Americans want and can have access to. Over the past five decades we’ve been through some thick, and some thin in working to preserve and expand the service we have by giving passengers a voice. 50 years hence, our trains now run through a new era, rich with multimedia, and the passenger’s voice must be broadcasted and amplified to suit how we are portra

The Trump Budget Strikes Back! (UPDATE)

UPDATED: September 7th In an unexpected move, Congress launched debate on a series of transportation amendments late last night, with NARP staff tracking movement on the House floor. We're thrilled to report that a bipartisan coalition of House Transportation leadership took a strong stance in support of America's national rail network, and all anti-Amtrak amendments were defeated. The Trump Budget proposal to end long-distance trains has been turned back again! NARP will spend today tallying t

SEPTEMBER 12th HEARING ON TRAIN DELAYS - Arm NARP's President Jim Mathews With Your Stories!

The National Association of Railroad Passengers will be taking part in a Surface Transportation Board public hearing later this month on the “widespread degradation of rail service” on CSX’s network… and we need YOUR train delay stories to help in the fight for better on-time performance! The STB hearing will take place on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, and it will give rail passengers the opportunity to tell federal officials how delays on CSX’s network have affected them. This hearin

Clock's Ticking: tell Congress to pass a transportation budget before time runs out!

Last month the Senate and House Appropriations Committees both approved positive transportation budgets, providing increased funding for Amtrak and passenger rail. However, with the end of the current fiscal year only a few weeks away, Congress is quickly running out of time to turn these bills into law.Act now to ensure that Congress passes increased funding for Amtrak and transit! You can help get these bills over the line by: Writing your elected officials Attending a town hall event held

Transportation, Amtrak Budget Gains Steam in Senate

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing advanced an FY2018 transportation budget in a markup earlier today, providing $1.6 billion for Amtrak and $12.1 billion for transit. Notably, today's committee action has established a bipartisan, bicameral consensus on the necessity of increasing investment in intercity rail that has been tantalizingly out of reach in the past few years. It's a feat that is all the more striking for its rejection of the Trump Administration

House Appropriations Committee Moves Transportation, Amtrak Funding Bill to Full House

Under the guidance of Republican leadership, House appropriators passed an FY2018 transportation budget July 18th that would boost spending for passenger rail by $360 million over current levels, with much of the increase targeted towards the enormous state of good repair backlog on the Northeast Corridor. This bill is a huge victory for NARP and our allies, who held a series of successful rallies against a Trump Administration proposal to eliminate long distance trains. “This win belongs to

House GOP Appropriators Reject White House Proposal to Slash Amtrak Service

Draft proposal includes funding for Amtrak’s National Network (and some bad policy provisions, too) Led by the new appropriations chairman, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), House Republicans released a draft FY2018 budget yesterday evening that would boost spending in rail by $360 million over current levels, with the increase targeted towards the enormous state of good repair backlog on the Northeast Corridor. This draft proposal is a huge victory for passenger advocates, who have rallied a

New #Rally4Trains Video to Help Spread the Word This Summer!

Click here if video doesn't load NARP has created a video to help get the word out about the #Rally4Trains -- not only this weekend, but all through the summer! We hope you can join us at a rally this weekend. But don't worry if you can't! Just go to TownsWithoutTrains.com to find out about all the events taking place this summer, how to organize your own rally, and what you can do to make sure Congress gets the message: Americans DEMAND a 21st century passenger rail system!

House Appropriators United in Bipartisan Skepticism Over White House Transportation Cuts

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development met today to speak about transportation funding for the coming year with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was grilled over Administration plans to slash infrastructure funding, eliminate Amtrak's long-distance trains, and stall transit projects slated for construction. Overall, appropriators expressed a strong understanding of the need for robust investment in passenger rail and tr