Releases

NARP Releases, Statements & Letters

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

Release #16-15

Summer Intern Completes 10,000-Mile, 38-Day Journey By Rail Across The U.S.

For Immediate Release (#16-15) June 27, 2016 Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 National Association of Railroad Passengers Invites Americans to Share Their #SummerByRail Stories Washington, D.C. – For most students, their internship stops at taking notes and making coffee. Elena Studier was able to turn her internship with the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) into a once-in-a-lifetime journey. For 38 days, Elena traveled 10,000 miles on the nation’s rail networ

Release #16-14

New York’s Aging Hudson Tunnels Represent Catastrophic “Single Point-of-Failure” To US Economy

For Immediate Release (#16-14) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 NARP Head Jim Matthews Warns of Potential “Transportation Meltdown” Without Urgent Action Washington, D.C. – In support of the Hudson Tunnel Project and fast-tracking approvals for the venture, Jim Mathews, President and CEO of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), issued a letter that calls on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and NJ Transit to prevent a “transportation meltdown” in t

Release #16-13

NARP Issues Statement to Surface Transportation Board on Texas Central Initiative

For Immediate Release (#16-13) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Private Capital Has Important Role in Building Transportation Infrastructure Washington, D.C. – On May 24, 2016, Jim Mathews, President and CEO of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), released a letter to members of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) in support of the Texas Central high-speed rail project. As an advocacy group working on behalf of more than 29,000 members, and more than 40 m

Release #16-12

Statement from NARP’s Jim Mathews on NTSB’s Findings for Amtrak Train 188

For Immediate Release (#16-12) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Washington, D.C. – The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) investigative findings on May 17, confirmed what we already suspected: that the Amtrak Train 188 derailment would have been avoided had Positive Train Control (PTC) technology been in place. That means if the U.S. had a rational infrastructure investment policy – like every expert and transportation official recommends – the eight passengers killed

Release #16-11

NARP Sends Intern on the Ultimate Summer “Road Trip”

For Immediate Release (#16-11) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 #SummerByRail to Stop at 20 Cities in 38 Days, Covering 10k Miles by Rail and Bike Washington, D.C. – With school and finals behind her, college sophomore Elena Studier this summer is taking her bike on an epic 38-day multi-modal “road trip” across the country by rail, visiting more than 18 cities and 15 states. Studier, 20, spent her school year interning with NARP and sketching out her big adventure. She kicks of

Release #16-10

Concurring With Senators, NARP Presses For New Amtrak CEO Committed To Growing A Unified National Passenger Network

For Immediate Release (#16-10) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Advocacy Group Urges Appointing A Visionary New Leader For America’s Railroad Washington, D.C. – National Association of Railroad Passengers President and CEO Jim Mathews has written to Amtrak’s entire Board of Directors to urge them to consider a vibrant, visionary railroad leader as Amtrak’s new President and CEO rather than an administrator or someone from outside the rail industry. NARP has not and will not

Release #16-09

NARP Council of Representatives Elects Peter LeCody as New Chairman

For Immediate Release (#16-09) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Two-Year Term to Focus on A Connected America and Multimodal Transport Washington, D.C. – During the National Association of Railroad Passengers’ (NARP) Council of Representatives last week, Peter LeCody was elected as the organization’s new Chairman. LeCody will serve a two-year term and assumes the role from Robert J. Stewart, who served for the past six years. “I am humbled and honored that the Council has el

Release #16-08

NARP Applauds U.S. Senate for Increased Funding to Support Passenger Rail

For Immediate Release (#16-08) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Rail Advocacy Group Calls for Full Authorization of FAST Act [Updated April 19, 3:15pm Eastern, to reflect more detailed numbers released by the Senate Appropriations Committee] Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers applauds the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development’s (THUD) decision to increase funding for passenger rail to $1.7 billio

NARP on FY2017 Appropriations

NARP Statement on FY2017 Transportation Appropriations

[Click here for a PDF version of this statement.] Statement of Jim Mathews President & CEO * * * Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies The Honorable Thad Cochran Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate * * * Fiscal 2016 Department of Transportation Appropriation * * * April 18, 2016 Thank you for the opportunity to submit this statement. Thank you also for your work to ensure that intercity passenger train service is part of a mod

NARP to Amtrak Board on CEO Search

NARP President's Letter to Amtrak Board on Search for New CEO

[PDF version of original letter] April 15, 2016 Mr. Anthony M. Coscia Chairman of the Board of Directors Amtrak 60 Massachusetts Ave, NE Washington, DC 20002 Dear Mr. Coscia: With the retirement of Joe Boardman as Amtrak’s President and CEO, each of you as Board members has a unique opportunity to consider who might be best suited to build on the progress of the past few years to move passenger rail forward in this country in a positive and responsible way. On behalf of Amtrak’s 31 milli