The Latest Updates on Train #188
May 15, 2015
Details about the Train #188 Incident
The NARP team was front and center in the wake of the tragic Amtrak Train #188’s derailment in Philadelphia on May 12. President and CEO Jim Mathews appeared on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” and CBS Baltimore, while VP Sean Jeans-Gail appeared on “CNN Newsroom.”
Below are more links to Media Coverage of Train #188
May 14, 2015
Philadelphia Transportation Alternatives
Although there is currently no Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York, other transportation options are available. Click here to see them.
For Immediate Release (#15-09) Contact: Ms. Benét J. Wilson
May 13, 2015 202-408-8362
NARP Expresses Condolences In The Wake Of Derailment Tragedy
WASHINGTON, 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 killed and its sympathies and support to everyone who was injured.
NARP President & CEO Jim Mathews, a former volunteer firefighter and medic, also expressed his gratitude for the efforts of first responders on the scene who worked throughout the night to free the injured and to save lives.
"While NARP will continue to push ahead for a bipartisan, constructive and meaningful debate on the appalling infrastructure investment crisis facing America, today is not the time to push or to speculate on what might have gone wrong," Mathews said. "Today at the top of all of our minds should be the injured passengers; the families of those killed; the dedicated front-line Amtrak employees who strive every day to operate a safe trip for their customers; and the brave men and women who saved so many lives last night."
Safety is always the first concern for any transportation system. Investigators are at the scene in Philadelphia now, and NARP is looking forward to learning more details as they become available from the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration and Amtrak.
NARP will make available a resource page for its members and the general public looking for information on service disruptions and alternative arrangements.
Below is a story from the "Morning Joe" show on MSNBC. In it, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, a Democrat, and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, a Republican, spoke about the need for major infrastructure improvements, including rail. The pair were in Washington, D.C., for events scheduled around Infrastructure Week.
Key Data Points and Links to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the Federal Rail Administration
- Passenger train accidents per million passenger train miles have gone down, from 2.29 in Calendar Year 2006 to 1.24 in CY 2014, down 54 percent.
Rail Resources in the Northeast Corridor
Metro-North Railroad (New York)
Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell is interviewed by Joe Scarborough about the accident and the need to step up efforts to invest in infrastructure.
Links to Media Coverage of Train #188, Updated
ADDED MAY 14
"Saving the Pennsylvanian (New York-Pittsburgh train) was a local effort but it was tremendously useful to have a national organization [NARP] to call upon for information and support. It was the combination of the local and national groups that made this happen."
Michael Alexander, NARP Council Member
April 6, 2013, at the Harrisburg PA membership meeting of NARP