Releases

NARP Releases, Statements & Letters

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

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Release #16-24

Chao Nominated as Transportation Secretary; Rail Passengers Look to Partner on Building A Connected America

For Immediate Release (#16-24) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao will be nominated to serve as Secretary of Transportation, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team announced today. The National Association of Railroad Passengers will work with the incoming administration to ensure that we build a national transportation network that gives travel choices to urban and rural communities alike, and gives local officials flexib

Release #16-23

US DOT Secretary Foxx Appoints NARP President and CEO to National Advisory Committee Created by FAST Act

For Immediate Release (#16-23) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony R. Foxx appointed National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) President and CEO Jim Mathews to serve on the U.S. Transportation Dept.’s newly commissioned National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure (NACTTI). Mathews will provide the committee insight on how passenger trains drive tourism and economic growth, and how rail developm

Release #16-22

BREAKING: NARP Responds to NJ Transit Accident in Hoboken

For Immediate Release (#16-22) Contact: Mark Hazlin – (202) 289-4001 Washington, D.C. (Sept. 29, 2016) – Response from the National Association of Railroad Passengers to today’s New Jersey Transit accident in Hoboken, on behalf of the 40 million Americans who ride passenger trains every year: “We are saddened to see reports of fatalities in the accident this morning and thank the first responders for their quick action to help those who are injured,” said NARP President Jim Mathew

Release #16-21

Amtrak Unveils Avelia Liberty Trainsets—“Future of Train Travel”

For Immediate Release (#16-21) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 NARP Applauds Federal Loan to Bolster U.S. Transportation Infrastructure Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers was on hand at today’s event in Wilmington, Delaware, where Vice President Joe Biden announced $2.45 billion in federally secured loans to support Amtrak’s purchase of new high-speed trainsets for the Northeast Corridor, station upgrades, and track improvements. “This loan is

Release #16-20

NARP Names Betsy Nelson as Director of Resource Development

For Immediate Release (#16-20) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Nelson to Open Communications Between NARP and Partners for ‘A Connected America’ Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) announced the hiring of Betsy Nelson as its new Director of Resource Development. Nelson has a master’s degree in Civil Engineering and Transportation Policy, and will help NARP communicate to partners, transit agencies, elected officials, and other organizat

Release #16-19

New Amtrak CEO Brings Experience, Passion to America's Railroad

For Immediate Release (#16-19) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 NEW AMTRAK CEO BRINGS EXPERIENCE, PASSION TO AMERICA’S RAILROAD The National Association of Railroad Passengers is pleased to welcome Charles “Wick” Moorman as Amtrak’s next President and CEO. Amtrak announced today that Mr. Moorman will take over from current President Joseph Boardman on September 1. “Wick’s 40 years of railroad experience at Norfolk Southern, along with his obvious commitment to a strong an

Release #16-18

NARP Names Carolyn Stagger Cokley New Customer Advisory Committee Director

For Immediate Release (#16-18) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Cokley to Establish and Build Connections between Rail Agencies across America Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) named Carolyn Stagger Cokley as the new Customer Advisory Committee Director for the organization. In the role, she will oversee the operations of the Amtrak Customer Advisory Committee (ACAC), and on behalf of NARP, create and maintain advisory committees fo

Release #16-17

STB Affirms Rights of Rail Passengers

For Immediate Release (#16-17) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) applauds the two decisions issued today by the Surface Transportation Board (STB), which affirm the statutory preference for passenger trains and recognize the importance of service quality at intermediate stations. The STB issued two decisions, withdrawing a proposed rule that would redefine Amtrak’s statutory right to preferential dispatch (

Release #16-16

NARP Names Bruce Becker as Vice President of Operations

For Immediate Release (#16-16) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Becker to Bring Experience and Passion to Role to Support ‘A Connected America’ Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), announced today that Bruce Becker has been hired as the Vice President of Operations for the organization. Becker was appointed to the full-time position by NARP President and CEO Jim Mathews after working for NARP on a consulting basis. In the new role, Becker