Releases

NARP Releases, Statements & Letters

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

Release #17-07

Rail Passengers Respond to White House Budget: “What About the Jobs, Mr. President?”

(Click on the image below to reach your congressional representative or Senator!) For Immediate Release (#17-07) Contact: Xenophon Strategies – (202) 289-4001 Plan Turns Back on Rural America and Midwest: Will Eliminate Amtrak Routes to Most Rural Communities, Destroy Jobs, and Hurt Local Economies Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Rail Passengers, the premiere national organization speaking for the nearly 40 million users of passenger trains and rail transit, denounced th

Release #17-06

NARP Opposes Another NIMBY Attack on All Aboard Florida

For Immediate Release (#17-06) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Two Anti-Brightline Bills, With Gulf Coast Restoration as Collateral Damage Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers submitted a letter to the heads of Florida’s State Legislature opposing two proposed bills that would hamstring rail projects in the state. The bills target All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail project, which will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando with fas

Release #17-05

Passengers Oppose Job-Killing Regulations Aimed at Texas Train

For Immediate Release (#17-05) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Railroad Passengers is calling on leaders in the Texas State Legislature to reject a draft of job-killing regulations aimed at the private-sector project to connect Houston and Dallas with high-speed trains. Matching the state’s rapidly growing reputation as an incubator for cutting edge technology, Texas is currently home to one of the most exciting passenger rail projec

NARP Letter to FRA on NEC

NARP Letter to FRA Advocates for Northeast Corridor Vision

(Note: These comments are included as a PDF for the record as well as in text below) NEC FUTURE U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration One Bowling Green, Suite 429 New York, NY 10004 To Whom It May Concern: The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) would like to thank the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the NEC FUTURE team for conducting the NEC FUTURE Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in such detail and providing requisite options to implement a 21st century visio

Release #17-04

NARP Urges Secretary Chao to Support High-Speed Rail in California

For Immediate Release (#17-04) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Washington, D.C. — On February 9th, 2017, NARP President and CEO Jim Mathews wrote to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support the California High-Speed Rail (CAHSR) project. In the letter, Mathews highlighted the CAHSR project as “a vital element of critical transportation infrastructure investment in the U.S.,” that will generate economic benefits, create jo

Release #17-03

NARP Supports Funding for Caltrain Electrification Project in Letter to Secretary Chao

For Immediate Release (#17-03) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Washington, D.C. — In a letter sent to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao today, NARP President and CEO Jim Mathews expressed support for federal investment in Caltrain’s Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP). The letter asks the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to move forward with a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA), which is now pending approval. “Over 65,000 commuters depend on the Peninsul

Release #17-02

NARP Releases Comment in Support of 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to Back STB Regarding On-Time Performance

For Immediate Release (#17-02) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-495 Washington, D.C. — While the National Association of Railroad Passengers is disappointed the U.S. Department of Justice has decided not to stand up for American rail passengers, we remain confident that the Surface Transportation Board will prevail in its own case, argued this week in Kansas City, to preserve on-time standards that protect rail travelers. A 2016 appellate court decision junking performance standards writ

Release #17-01

NARP Welcomes Elaine Chao as New Secretary of Transportation

For Immediate Release (#17-01) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) welcomes Elaine Chao as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) following her confirmation by the United States Senate today. “Secretary Chao has notable experience in the federal government, as well as knowledge on transportation issues that can impact passenger rail service,” said Jim Mathews, President and CEO of NARP. “A

Release #16-26

U.S. DOT Issues 30-Year Investment Blueprint for Critical Passenger Rail Corridor

For Immediate Release (#16-26) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 WASHINGTON D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) applauded the release of the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) NEC Future report today, which outlines a 30-year investment plan to build a better and stronger Northeast Corridor (NEC). The report is the result of four years of intensive outreach to the public, local governments, and stakeholder groups such as NARP. The FRA found broad agreem

Release #16-25

NARP Keeps Up Legal Fight for On-Time Performance

For Immediate Release (#16-25) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 WASHINGTON – NARP and its partners on Tuesday urged an appeals court in St. Louis to reject freight railroads’ challenges to federal on-time performance rules, the Association’s latest salvo in its continuing legal fight on behalf of the nearly 40 million Americans who ride trains every year. The brief cited decades of legal precedent, supporting statements from the congressional members who drafted the section of th