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Amtrak, FAST Act Rail Programs, and Transit Receive Boost in Omnibus Budget Released Today

May 1, 2017

Congress released an omnibus agreement today that provides increased transportation funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017, with $57.651 billion in total funding for transportation and housing programs—a $350 million increase above FY2016. The spending deal has already secured broad bipartisan support in the House and the Senate, and is a resounding rejection of the philosophy behind the...

NARP's News from the Front Lines: Update on the Amtrak – VIA Connection at Detroit-Windsor

April 19, 2017

by Larry Krieg The Situation The busiest crossing point between the United States and Canada is between Detroit Michigan, and Windsor Ontario. But there is no direct connection for passenger rail travelers at this busy crossing, and since the 2003 discontinuation of The International (a joint VIA-Amtrak train between Chicago and Toronto) no passengers have crossed the Michigan-Ontario border by...

Wall Street Journal's "Acela Pundits" attacked Amtrak, so we responded

April 13, 2017

The Wall Street Journal has added their two cents to the debate sparked by the recent troubles radiating from New York Penn Station, and it is a classic in the genre of “tone-deaf New York City editors ridiculing investment in small town America.” It’s a genre in which the Journal has, rightly, earned a reputation as an industry leader. Though not an innovator, since the editorial compliant...

Can’t travel to NARP’s Day on the Hill? You can still help!

April 11, 2017

NARP is busy preparing for its annual Day on the Hill, where passengers from all over the country travel to Washington, D.C. to advocate for Amtrak, transit, and fast, frequent passenger rail service for all Americans.Even if you can’t travel to D.C., you can still help us in the fight for modern trains! Our advocates will be meeting with Representatives and Senators from ever part of the coun...

Beat the April 4th Deadline! Get Your Elected Official to Sign-On in Support of Trains

March 24, 2017

Following a terrible White House budget proposal, NARP asked all passengers to rally in support of trains—and you answered! That pressure has resulted in tangible benefits on Capitol Hill: Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) are spearheading a Member Submission to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation leadership—Chairman Ma...