Releases

NARP Releases, Statements & Letters

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

Release #16-06

Senators Thune and Wicker Receive Honors from NARP for Continued Advocacy of a National Passenger Rail Network

For Immediate Release (#16-06) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Senators Receive “Golden Spike” Award at Congressional Reception Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) were honored with a prestigious award conferred by the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) last night at the organization’s annual Congressional Reception. The “Golden Spike” Award is given to individuals who promote and help advance the cause o

Release #16-07

NARP to Honor Metra Commuter Rail Senior Manager with Burch Memorial Safety Award

For Immediate Release (#16-07) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Shamonda Jones Demonstrates Commitment to Safety for passengers with 1,300 Daily Trains Traveling through Chicago Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) honored Shamonda Jones, senior manager of Metra Commuter Rail in Chicago, with the Dr. Gary Burch Memorial Award during NARP’s April 12th congressional reception. Jones was nominated by Metra’s leadership for her dedication to fos

Release #16-05

Statement by NARP President Mathews on Amtrak Chester Derailment

For Immediate Release (#16-05) Contact: Sean Jeans Gail 202-320-2723 This morning, south of Philadelphia in the city of Chester, PA a collision with what appears to be a piece of maintenence-of-way-equipment led to a derailment of the lead engine of Palmetto Train 89. Currently there are two known fatalities on the ground, but none aboard the train. Amtrak service is suspended between New York and Philadelphia. "We at NARP were saddened to learn this morning of the derailment just south of P

Release #16-04

NARP Honors Senators Thune and Wicker for Support of Passenger Rail

For Immediate Release (#16-04) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 289-4001 Senators to Receive Golden Spike Award at Congressional Reception Who: U.S. Senator John Thune; South Dakota U.S. Senator Roger Wicker; Mississippi Jim Mathews; President National Association of Railroad Passengers What: Jim Mathews, President of NARP, a national advocacy group for rail passengers, will present Senators Thune and Wicker with the Golden Spike Award, given in recognition of individuals who have don

Release #16-03

NARP Calls for Increased Funding, Transparency from D.C. Metro Following 29-Hour Shutdown

For Immediate Release (#16-03) March 15, 2016 Contact: Robert Brady (202) 680-4951 Washington, D.C. – The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s decision to shut down Metro for 29 hours represents the agency’s desire to put safety first for passengers and the agency’s employees. However, it also represents an unstable environment, in which D.C.’s transportation system is constantly at risk of breaking down and putting passengers in harm’s way – highlighted by Monday

Release #16-02

NARP Urges Federal Regulators To Reject Prioritization of Freight Over Passengers

For Immediate Release (#16-02) Contact: Robert Brady (202) 289-4001 New Surface Transportation Board Policy Overreaches Federal Law and Would Cause Significant Passenger Delays Washington, D.C. – In written comments to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB), the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) strongly urged the administrative body to withdraw its new “Policy Statement” on implementation of preference provisions for freight railroads over passenger rail. NARP

NARP to STB on Dispatching Preference

NARP Comments to STB on Dispatching Preference Policy Statement

[Click here for PDF of statement, including charts] VIA E- FILING Ms. Cynthia T. Brown, Chief, Section of Administration Office of Proceedings Surface Transportation Board 395 E. Street, SW Washington, DC 20423 Re: Ex Parte 728: Policy Statement on Implementing Passenger Rail OTP and Preference Provisions of 49 U.S.C. § 24308(C) and (F) Dear Ms. Brown: The National Association of Railroad Passengers, the nation’s oldest and largest organization speaking for the nearly 40 million

Release #16-01

NARP Urges Federal Regulators To Address On-Time Performance of Passenger Rail Service To Ensure No Passengers’ Needs Are Ignored

For Immediate Release (#16-01) Contact: Robert Brady (202) 289-4001 Proposed rules ignore 24 states, will not monitor 90 percent of Amtrak network Washington, D.C. – In response to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) has urged the agency to address on-time performance (OTP) of passenger trains to avoid unnecessary delays, help continue record ridership nationwide, and ensure proposed

NARP to STB on On-Time Performance

NARP Comments to STB on On-Time Performance Policy Statement

[Click here for PDF of statement] VIA E- FILING Ms. Cynthia T. Brown, Chief, Section of Administration Office of Proceedings Surface Transportation Board 395 E. Street, SW Washington, DC 20423 Re: Ex Parte 726: On -Time Performance under Section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 Dear Ms. Brown: The National Association of Railroad Passengers, the nation’s oldest and largest organization speaking for the nearly 40 million Americans who rely on passen

Release #15-26

Passengers Thank Amtrak President Joseph Boardman for His Service

For Immediate Release (#15-26) Contact: Benet J. Wilson 443/838-7033 mobile WASHINGTON, D.C. —Following yesterday’s announcement that Amtrak President Joseph Boardman will be retiring effective September 2016, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) issued a message of thanks and congratulations on his decades of service to the rail industry. NARP has worked with Boardman from his days as head of the New York State Department of Transportation, through his service as chief