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Streetsblog "Keeping CNN Honest" -- You Can Too!

Written By Sean Jeans Gail Take a moment and head over to the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, where you can join their campaign to demand that Anderson Cooper and his producers include the critical voices of high speed rail advocates and experts in future coverage. Streetsblog’s Tanya Snyder has put together a comprehensive overview of the heated responses to CNN’s coverage of Recovery Act investment in the Vermonter service on Anderson Cooper 360. Schneider calls out reporter Drew G

World Bank Report a Boost for Passenger Train Investment

Written By Sean Jeans Gail The World Bank has released a paper stating that traditional methods of evaluating infrastructure fail to capture the significant economic benefits of high-speed rail service, and that a more comprehensive form of analysis should be given serious consideration. The paper, High-Speed Rail, Regional Economics, and Urban Development in China, defines traditional economic evaluation of transportation projects as focused on direct costs and benefits related to travel, in

“Praising and Pushing” for a Rejuvenated Chicago-St. Louis Corridor

Written By Malcolm Kenton To be an effective advocate, one must both praise and push—praise the steps that are being taken in the right direction, but at the same time push decisionmakers to kick it up a notch. There is still a significant gap between what is being done and what needs to be done for Americans to maintain our mobility and prosperity into the 21st century. NARP Director and Midwest High-Speed Rail Association President Rick Harnish effectively balances praising and pushing in a

NARP responds to Anderson Cooper's attack on trains

Written By Sean Jeans Gail NARP President Ross Capon responds directly to a CNN report that questions the value of passenger rail investment through a skewed scope. The “Keeping Them Honest” report on high-speed rail on the Jan. 25 edition of Anderson Cooper 360 presumed that investing in rail is wasteful if the trains do not go very fast and very often. Steadily rising ridership on most Amtrak services—not just the Northeast Corridor—over the past decade shows that American travel

Small Communities Rally Around Southwest Chief

Written By Sean Jeans Gail "It's part of our life. And once it's gone, it's gone." That is the promise and the threat that motivates Mayor David Crase in his efforts to preserve Southwest Chief service in Garden City, Kansas. It is a threat shared by many small communities along the line. In “A Kansas town tries to keep the train coming through,” CNN Contributor Bob Greene outlines how the Amtrak train has woven itself into the very fabric of the Garden City community, providing a vital

Trainsforming America: the transformative power of trains, from a passenger's point of view

Written By Sean Jeans Gail Guest-blogger Rebecca Sansom is joining NARP to write about the process of creating her new documentary, Trainsforming America. This film looks to spark a dialog about transportation in America, engaging the public about the many benefits of passenger trains. My parents have never been to Europe. They've pretty much lived in the South their whole lives. Which is fine, but I realized there was a disconnect when I was telling them about my travels, especially about ta

Senator Daniel K. Inouye, 1924 - 2012

Written By Sean Jeans Gail The following was republished from Travel and Trains and Other Things, a blog written by NARP Board Member Jim Loomis. Dan Inouye has died. He was 88. He was probably never fully appreciated outside of Hawaii, but Dan’s an icon here. War hero who lost his right arm in Italy. Winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Served in the U.S. House and then, for 50 years, in the Senate. I’m proud to say that last April, the National Association of Railroad Pas

NARP takes part in 10th Annual New York Times Travel Show

Written By Sean Jeans Gail Join NARP at the New York Times 10th Annual Travel Show for a spectacular international celebration. The show will be held January 18-20, 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City (655 West 34th Street; New York, NY). [Click here for tickets and more information] January 18 will be reserved for travel professionals only, providing an opportunity for travel agents, wholesalers, packagers, suppliers, and international travel media to network and develop

Throughout American passenger train history, a theme emerges

Written By Malcolm Kenton I just finished reading Frank Wilner’s new book, Amtrak: Past, Present, Future, a thorough account of the national passenger railroad’s origins and turbulent history. The more one studies the story of passenger trains in America in the latter half of the 20th century and into the 21st, the more the same theme repeats itself. Passenger trains have always had enough popular and political support to avoid extinction, but have never won enough resources to truly moder

Transportation Secretary fields questions on high speed rail

Written By Sean Jeans Gail Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood partnered with the Atlantic Cities blog to answer readers' questions about America's transportation challengers. The first segment addressed a question that has been on the minds of many passenger train advocates since November's election: "Given President Obama's intent to build a better national passenger rail system, will there be an increased emphasis on implementing it for the years to come?" Secretary LaHood provides a bri