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New President, New Congress, and New Signs of Interest in Infrastructure Bill

January 24, 2017

During the presidential transition, Congressional Republicans indicated an infrastructure bill would not be on the agenda for the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. The opening days of the Trump presidency, however, have featured a number of positive signs for increased investment in passenger rail. Inaugural Address: During his first speech as president, President Trump reiterated camp...

Congress Passes Short-Term Budget & Amtrak Border Bill Before Adjourning for the 2016

December 15, 2016

Most Members of Congress have left Washington, D.C. for the holiday break, and—save for select pro forma sessions—Congress is nominally adjourned for the year. With the budget extended through late April, NARP has a much clearer idea about what legislative goals for the first half of 2017. Stay tuned in the new year to hear more about opportunities to advocate for more and better train servi...

Taking stock of the Presidential transition during the Thanksgiving break

November 24, 2016

While the Presidential Transition is still very much a work in progress, we wanted to take advantage of this holiday-related break in the action to give an update to train passengers about where things stand. Trump Administration’s Transportation Transition Team NARP staff has identified the following transportation leads in President-Elect Trump’s transition team: Shirley Yba...

New Report Highlights 10-Year Safety Trend in Freight and Passenger Rail

November 15, 2016

Steady Improvements in Rail Infrastructure and Innovation Lead to Positive Trends in Rail Safety Report Highlights 10-Year Safety Trend in Freight and Passenger Rail Washington, D.C. - The OneRail Coalition released a new report today, "Rail Safety in the United States" highlighting a 31 percent decline in rail accidents over the past 10 years. This positive safety trend occurred even as passe...