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Back By Popular Demand: NARP’s Dining Car Cooler Bag Campaign

November 2, 2015

Back by popular demand is NARP's successful “This is Not a Dining Car - Cooler Bag Campaign." Why is this needed? When dining amenities on a long-haul train are gutted, normally high revenue sleeping cars generate less income, dragging both the fiscal and customer service performance of the entire train into a downward spiral. This becomes a problem not just for every person who rides the trai...

Congress Extends Deadline for Train Safety Technology; We’ll Find Out Why on Nov. 20

October 29, 2015

The White House today signed a three-week extension of the highway and transit program into law, marking the 35th short-term extension of surface transportation trust fund over the past six years. The bill also includes a three-year extension of the deadline for implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) technology, a smart-control technology that helps stop train collisions and derailments before...

12 States Win TIGER Grants -- But the Program Still Needs Your Help

October 29, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program has funded more than $4 billion in projects that have advanced our goal of building "A Connected America," NARP's vision of a 21st-century multimodal transportation system. Congress allocated $500 million in 2015 for TIGER, which targets multimodal projects...

House Committee Passes Surface Transportation Bill, Settles for “No Growth”

October 22, 2015

Full House to Take Up Bill Within Next Two Weeks The House Committee on Transportation approved, by a voice vote, a surface transportation bill extending highway and transit funding at current levels for six years. Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) told reporters he believes a bill could come to floor of the full House “possibly next week or after.” While the bill did receive some bipartisan supp...

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - But Especially Trains

October 21, 2015

Several years ago, my family was fortunate enough to find ourselves on vacation in Croatia, debating how to best get around the country. Croatia is, for being so small, an incredibly diverse place, and we had our hearts set on seeing as much of it as the timing of our return tickets home allowed. With this in mind, my mother suggested that we rent a car. What my dad pointed out, and has resonated...