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Two anti-train amendments down -- more votes to come in the House

June 28, 2012

Written By Sean Jeans Gail Following a debate on the House floor, two anti-train amendments were withdrawn by the Representatives offering them. An amendment offered by Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) would directly shut down Amtrak’s long-distance trains. This would end passenger train service in 27 of the lower 48 states and threaten the remaining trains, as certain fixed costs that wou...

House to vote on anti-passenger rail amendments today!

June 27, 2012

Written By Sean Jeans Gail Last chance to speak up for trains! Votes on amendments to the transportation/housing appropriations bill could come as early as today at 4:00 PM Eastern. In an unusual move, the House is operating under an “open rule,” which makes it very hard to know for sure what amendments will be offered. However, NARP has identified two distinct possibilities passengers shou...

Gulf Coast Residents Send Clear Message to Washington

June 25, 2012

Written By Malcolm Kenton A sizable crowd came to Tallahassee, Florida's former Amtrak station on Saturday, garnering positive media exposure for NARP's joint effort to bring Amtrak service back to the New Orleans-Florida route that has been "suspended" since 2005. Tallahassee's former Amtrak station. Photo from Wikipedia.There was free food, live music and a party-type atmosphere, but most of t...

The Capitol Corridor's Passenger Rail Boom

June 20, 2012

Written By Sean Jeans Gail Reporter Susan Sward recently interviewed me for a Sacramento Bee piece profiling the dramatic change seen in the Capitol Corridor over the past thirty years—not only its booming ridership, but the cultural change its success has facilitated. Sward's examines the role (former NARP board member) Eugene Skoropowski played in developing the San Francisco Bay Area to Sa...

Last chance to join in the Rally to “Bring Bak Amtrak”

June 19, 2012

Written By Sean Jeans Gail [via Visit Tallahassee] Local residents and rail passenger enthusiasts in the surrounding areas will come together to celebrate “Bring Bak Amtrak!” with a rally on June 23 at 11 a.m. The rally’s goal is to restore the Amtrak Sunset Limited Service between New Orleans and Jacksonville through Tallahassee. Events begin at the Historic Tallahassee Amtrak Station wi...