Releases

NARP Releases, Statements & Letters

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

Release #15-25

Coalition Calls for National Day of Action on Nov. 13 to Advocate for Rational Transportation Funding

For Immediate Release (#15-25) Contact: Benet J. Wilson 443/838-7033 mobile WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) is leading a coalition of rail groups taking part in a national day of action for passengers to ensure Congressional negotiators include passenger trains in talks to reconcile the Senate and House transportation bills. Organizations participating include the Colorado Rail Passenger Association, the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, the New

Release #15-24

Passengers Applaud House's Restoration of Key Transit Rail Program, Defeat of Anti-Transit Amendments

With House Bill Cleared, NARP Turns Attention to Successful Passage of DRIVE Act's Rail Title For Immediate Release (#15-24) Contact: Benet J. Wilson 443/838-7033 mobile WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) applauded the good judgment shown by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in voting today to restore flexibility and increase federal commitment to a key transit program, while overwhelmingly defeating three amendments that would have hurt

Ed Ellis to Give Keynote

Iowa Pacific Holdings President Ed Ellis to Give Keynote at Railroad Passengers Meeting in Indianapolis

MEDIA ADVISORY Who: Iowa Pacific Holdings Founder and President Ed Ellis What: Ellis will give the keynote address at the National Association of Railroad Passengers' Fall Meeting in Indianapolis. He will discuss Iowa Pacific’s passenger train service between Indianapolis and Chicago, along with prospective models for private company participating in passenger rail services. When: Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. Where: Crowne Plaza Union Station, Indianapolis. Victoria Station

Release #15-23

National Rail Passengers Group Meeting in Indianapolis To Focus on Advocacy Efforts, Multimodal Transportation Issues

For Immediate Release (#15-23) Contact: Benet J. Wilson 443-838-7033 mobile WASHINGTON, D.C.— The shape of multimodal transportation and how rail fits contributes to improving mobility is the theme of the National Association of Railroad Passengers’ (NARP) annual Fall Meeting in Indianapolis October 16-18. The Fall Meeting will feature a series of panels on issues affecting rail and transportation policy. The Advocacy panel will explore real-world examples of efforts to support rail, ran

Release #15-22

NARP Urges Immediate Congressional Action on Positive Train Control to Avoid Rail Shutdown

For Immediate Release (#15-22) Contact: Benet J. Wilson 443-838-7033 mobile WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) is warning that the U.S. rail transportation system could be crippled if passenger railroads are forced to suspend train service. Amtrak and commuter railroads are facing a December 31, 2015, deadline to install Positive Train Control (PTC) technology, and Amtrak has said it will start informing of shutdowns beginning December 1. Amtrak and oth

Release #15-21

Passengers Decry Another Manufactured Crisis As Safety Technology Deadline Looms

For Immediate Release (#15-21) Contact: Sean Jeans-Gail 202-320-2723 Passengers Decry Another Manufactured Crisis As Safety Technology Deadline Looms Warn Congress to Pass PTC Extension Before Damage is Done Washington, D.C.— Responding to the Senate’s decision to move a stopgap budget proposal extending the deadline for implementing Positive Train Control (PTC), the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) is calling on Congress to pass a long-term surface transportation act

Release #15-20

NARP Receives Large Bequest from George McCallum Estate

For Immediate Release (#15-20) Contact: Benet J. Wilson 443-838-7033 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Railroad Passengers has been honored with a bequest from the estate of long-time member George E. McCallum, the largest monetary gift ever received by the association. "We are humbled and inspired to receive this wonderful gift, which will help NARP bring like-minded parties together across all political viewpoints to help advance the national conversation about rail service i

Release #15-19

NARP Supports Nomination of Sarah Feinberg as Federal Railroad Administration Head

For Immediate Release (#15-19) Contact: Benet J. Wilson 443-838-7033 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Association of Railroad Passengers wrote to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to encourage Senators to confirm the appointment of Sarah Feinberg as the head of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). “Feinberg has been leading the agency as acting administrator since January, and her performance has earned the respect and thanks of America’s passengers

Release #15-18

Companies Facing Technology Deadline Must Keep Passengers, Freight on the Rails

For Immediate Release (#15-18) Contact: Benet J. Wilson 443-838-7033 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Responding to public statements made by several Class 1 freight railroads, the National Association of Railroad Passengers is calling on Congress to preserve access to the safe movement of people and goods by taking appropriate steps to responsibly extend the deadline for implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) beyond December 31, 2015. PTC is a signaling technology that helps prevents trains from colli

Release #15-17

NARP Asks For Balance in Proposed Measures to Protect Rail Passengers

For Immediate Release (#15-17) Contact: Benet J. Wilson 443-838-7033 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) applauded three American passengers—Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler—whose swift action helped thwart a tragic attack on a train from Amsterdam to Paris. If not for the courage shown by these two members of the U.S. military and a Californian college student, many lives could have been lost at the hands of the shooter. In the wake