Releases

NARP Releases, Statements & Letters

An archive of press releases, Congressional statements, letters to officials, and written testimony.

Release #17-17

National Association of Railroad Passengers Unveils New Brand

For Immediate Release (#17-17) November 29, 2017 Contact: Xenophon Strategies - (202) 289-4001 NARP Now Known As the Rail Passengers Association Washington D.C. - The Rail Passengers Association, formerly known as the National Association of Railroad Passengers--or NARP--unveiled an innovative “logo system” and a revamped brand image at its annual conference, “RailNation Chicago,” earlier this month. The brand switch comes on the 50th anniversary of the organization’s founding, an

Release #17-16

NARP Calls for Congressional Action to Address Epidemic of Train Delays

For Immediate Release (#17-16) October 12, 2017 Contact: Xenophon Strategies - (202) 289-4001 During this week’s Surface Transportation Board public listening session on CSX Transportation’s rail service meltdown, NAPR President Jim Mathews warned regulators that a legislative fix will be required to ensure that passengers are able to enjoy the full rights granted to them under current law. “It’s often said that passenger trains serve as the canary in the coalmine for railroad operat

Release #17-15

Economic Report: Killing Amtrak Would Cost U.S. Billions, Hurt Rural Americans

For Immediate Release (#17-15) October 2, 2017 Contact: Xenophon Strategies - (202) 289-4001 Rail Passengers’ Analysis Shows Expanding Service Would Add Billions in Development, Jobs, Investment, Tourism, and Safety Washington, D.C. - The National Association of Railroad Passengers’ newly released economic report reveals that cutting train service across the U.S. would disproportionately affect low income households in rural communities across the country. At the same time, the new repor

Release #17-14

NARP Issues Statement on June 27 Amtrak Accident

For Immediate Release (#17-14) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Washington, D.C. – NARP President Jim Mathews released the following statement on the Amtrak accident on June 27 near Washington, D.C., in which two CSX employees were reportedly killed while on the tracks. “On behalf of rail passengers everywhere, we express our sincere condolences to the two people who lost their lives and their families. This is a sad and unfortunate reminder of how hard the job is to keep u

Release #17-13

NARP Welcomes Richard Anderson as Amtrak President and CEO

For Immediate Release (#17-13) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), the only national membership organization fighting for passenger rail in America, welcomed Amtrak’s announcement yesterday that it hired a new President and CEO, Richard Anderson. Anderson, former chief executive officer of both Delta and Northwest Airlines, will begin his role on July 12, according to Amtrak. In response, NARP President

Release #17-12

White House Budget Will Kill Amtrak Service

Rail Passengers Launch "Rally for Trains" Campaign For Immediate Release (#17-12) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Washington, D.C. - This summer's travel season may be the last with passenger trains for millions of Americans. The Trump Administration's proposed budget wipes out funding for long distance train service in over 220 cities and towns and in 23 states that will lose train service completely. In response to the budget, Jim Mathews, President and CEO of the National

Release #17-11

Rail Passengers Sends Two Interns on Cross-Country Trip by Train

#SummerByRail 2017 to Stop in 22 Cities Over 27 Days on a Multi-modal Adventure www.summerbyrail.com For Immediate Release (#17-11) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Washington, D.C. – Two college students won the summer’s best internship which will take them on a 27-day road trip by train to 22 cities. Victoria Principato and Caitlin Boyle were hired by the National Association of Rail Passengers (NARP) for the 2nd annual “Summer By Rail” journey where they will s

Release #17-10

White House Doubles Down on Cuts to Infrastructure Investment, Slashes Amtrak Routes and Transit Funding

For Immediate Release (#17-10) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Washington, D.C.--The Trump Administration released a detailed budget proposal that guts funding to Amtrak’s long-distance trains, and slashes funding to key transit and transportation funding programs, threatening to accelerate the deterioration of physical infrastructure constricting economic growth in the U.S. NARP is asking its members—and all rail and transit passengers everywhere—to hit back against thi

Release #17-09

NARP Issues Statement of Support for Caltrain Funding

For Immediate Release (#17-09) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Washington, D.C. - National Association of Railroad Passengers President and CEO Jim Mathews issued the following statement of support in response to the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) decision to move forward with a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA), federal investment for Caltrain’s Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP). “On behalf of the the 65,000 train commuters who depend on the P

Release #17-08

Sen. Leahy, Rep. Stefanik, Rep. Kuster Awarded Golden Spike for Bipartisan Work on Enhancing US-Canada Rail Link

For Immediate Release (#17-08) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Rail Passengers Association Honors Legislators for Improving Travel and Commerce, and Clearing the Way for Return of Vermont - Montreal Connection Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Rail Passengers, an organization representing the 40 million Americans who rely on passenger trains and rail transit, honored Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, and Representative