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 elected me as Chairman of NARP, a vital link that connects the rail-riding public to our elected officials,” LeCody said, who hails from Dallas, TX. “I’m eager to get to work and to continue pushing for the modern, first-class passenger rail network that Americans want and need.”

LeCody, 68, most recently served as Board Vice-Chair of NARP, before being elected Chairman. While in this position, LeCody represented his home state of Texas on the Council for many years and has become an integral part of the association and has helped the organization shape its goals for the future of passenger rail and multimodal transportation in the United States.

“The U.S. is on the verge of something great in rail transportation, following the passage of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. Increasing funding under this legislation will help cities, states and regions develop rail and other mass transit services and allow for Americans to travel on a truly national multimodal transportation network,” said LeCody.

In addition to his position with NARP, LeCody serves as President of Texas Rail Advocates (TRA), a grassroots organization covering freight and passenger rail issues in Texas and the Southwest. During this time he served on the steering committee for the Texas Department of Transportation Rail Division for three years, and as a member of the Texas Transportation Commission I-35 Corridor Advisory Committee for five years. Prior to taking over as TRA President, LeCody served as the Subcommittee Chair for the Regional Transportation Task Force for the city of Coppell, TX. He has been a Dallas business owner since 1987.

“Peter brings a wealth of experience and passion to this position,” said Jim Mathews, president and CEO of NARP. “He has been an active member in NARP for years, and he has played key roles in advocating for passenger rail in Texas and on Capitol Hill. We are excited to have his guidance as we move forward.”

LeCody has previously received the Champion of the Rails award from Amtrak President Joe Boardman, an award which recognizes non-Amtrak employees who have successfully completed a project to enhance the quality or safety of passenger rail services.

His twitter handle is @railadvo.

About the National Association of Railroad Passengers

NARP is the only national organization speaking for the nearly 40 million users of passenger trains and rail transit. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the U.S. Our mission is to work towards a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. Our work is supported by more than 28,000 individual members nationwide.

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