Releases

NARP Releases, Statements & Letters

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

Release #15-09

NARP Expresses Condolences in the Wake of Derailment Tragedy

For Immediate Release (#15-09) Contact: Ms. Benet J. Wilson May 13, 2015 202-408-8362NARP Expresses Condolences In The Wake Of Derailment TragedyWASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Railroad Passengers today issued the following statement: The thoughts and prayers of NARP and its 28,000 members nationwide are with the passengers and crew of Amtrak Regional Train 188, which derailed last night in Philadelphia. The association offers its heartfelt condolences to the families of those ki

Release #15-10

NARP Urges Senate to Protect Passengers from House Cuts to Amtrak

For Immediate Release (#15-10) Contact: Ms. Benet J. Wilson May 13, 2015 202-408-8362NARP Urges Senate to Protect Passengers From House Cuts to AmtrakWASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the wake of the House Committee on Appropriations today failing to pass two positive amendments that would have provided much-needed capital funds for transit and Amtrak, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) is calling on the Senate to step in and protect America's passengers from these ill-considered, irres

Release #15-08

National Association of Railroad Passengers Spring Council Meeting Emphasizes Need for "A Connected America"

National Association of Railroad Passengers Spring Council Meeting Emphasizes Need for “A Connected America” For Immediate Release (#15-08) Contact: Ms. Benet J. Wilson April 27, 2015 443-838-7033WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Volunteers representing some 28,000 members nationwide of the National Association of Railroad Passengers visited more 200 congressional offices Tuesday during NARP’s annual Day on the Hill, pressing Congress to support and improve the multi-year rail authorization legislation

Release #15-06

Railroad Passengers Present Golden Spike Award to Joseph Szabo

For Immediate Release (15-06) Contact: Ms. Benet J. Wilson April 21, 2015 443-838-7033Railroad Passengers Present Golden Spike Award To Joseph SzaboWashington, D.C.--The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) presented its Golden Spike Award to Joseph Szabo today at its annual Capitol Hill reception. Szabo, who served as Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) administrator from May 2009 to November 2014, is a fifth-generation railroader who was the first crewman and first union member

Release #15-07

Railroad Passengers Present Youth Award to Two Texas Universities

For Immediate Release (#15-07) Contact: Ms. Benet J. Wilson April 21, 2015 443-838-7033Railroad Passengers Present Youth Award To Two Texas UniversitiesWashington, D.C.--The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) presented its Youth Passenger Citizenship Award to representatives from Sam Houston State University and University of North Texas for their support of the Texas Central Railway (TCR). TCR is a proposed high-speed rail project that will run between Dallas and Houston. “We

Release #15-04

Supreme Court Decision Victory for America's Train Passengers

In a victory for passengers, the Supreme Court vacated a lower court decision, reinstating metrics and standards for Amtrak service that will protect the rights of train passengers. In doing so, the court agreed with the “Friend of the Court” brief filed by the National Association of Railroad Passengers and the Environmental Policy & Law Center in U.S. Department of Transportation vs. the Association of American Railroads.

Release #15-03

U.S. House Overwhelmingly Defeats Amtrak-Killing Amendment

For Immediate Release (#15-03) March 4, 2015 Contact: Sean Jeans-Gail - 202-408-8362 U.S. House Overwhelmingly Defeats Amtrak-Killing Amendment Washington, D.C.—The National Association of Railroad Passengers applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for its overwhelming defeat of an Amtrak-killing amendment to the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act (H.R. 749). The amendment to eliminate all authorized Amtrak funding, introduced by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), failed by a vote of 147-2

Release #15-02

NARP Statement on House T&I Markup of PRRIA 2015

For Immediate Release (#15-02) February 12, 2015 Contact: Sean Jeans-Gail - 202-408-8362 NARP Statement on House T&I Markup of PRRIA 2015 Washington, D.C.--Statement of Jim Mathews, President & CEO of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, in response to today’s House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure mark-up of the Passenger Rail Reform & Investment Act of 2015 (H.R. 749). “NARP and its 28,000 members appreciate the time and work the Committee has d

Mathews to Senate Transportation Subcommittee

Statement on Senate Commerce Surface Transportation Subcommittee Hearing on Improving Transportation Network

Statement of Jim Mathews President & CEO National Association of Railroad Passengers * * * Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security The Honorable Deb Fischer, Chair The Honorable Cory Booker, Ranking Member ***U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation * * * Hearing on Improving the Performance of our Transportation Networks: Stakeholder Perspectives * * * January 29, 2015 Submitted February 12, 2015* * *

Release #15-01

House Rail Legislation Includes Reforms, Raises Key Questions

For Immediate Release (#15-01) February 5, 2015
 Contact: Sean Jeans-Gail, NARP – 202-408-8362 House Rail Legislation Includes Reforms, Raises Key Questions Washington, D.C.—Upon review of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (PRRIA 2015) introduced by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) finds many commonsense reforms but remains concerned that there are serious questions that are not addressed: