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Why it makes no sense to pit the Northeast Corridor against the National Network (hint: it's the economy, stupid)

December 11, 2015

Like the man once famously said, "There you go again." Newspapers and media outlets up and down the Northeast Corridor are once again buying into the mythology that Amtrak's NEC operation is profitable, and thus the railroad could be a going concern if it were just freed from its yoke of long-distance service. It's a tidy, compelling narrative. Trouble is, it's just wrong. Editorial boards...

Ridin’ the Rails -- in Japan

December 3, 2015

My family and I just returned from a wonderful 10-day trip to Tokyo. I was excited about this trip for many reasons, but one of the biggest was the chance to try out the city’s extensive rail transit network. The Narita Express train, left; the luggage rack on the Express train, right. My first chance to ride the rails was getting from Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo. We bought round trip t...

The New Rail Bill: You Asked the Questions, NARP Has the Answers

December 3, 2015

Readers have responded to NARP’s posts on the recently introduced FAST Act—which is already halfway to becoming a law—with a lot of really good questions. We wanted to make sure we took the time to give you the answers. On the Amtrak NEC authorization: how much of the critical repairs (catenary, tunnels and bridges) is this amount be likely to cover? This question is best answered in two p...

Section By Section Analysis of FAST Act

December 2, 2015

The FAST Act is a 1,300 page bill—not exactly light reading, even if you’re the type who enjoys dense, legal text. But don’t worry! NARP went through the passenger rail title to analyze all the promising provisions, the worrisome proposals, and everything in between. From Gulf Coast restoration to pets on trains, we've got you covered! NATIONAL NETWORK — What the bill says: Provides $5....

Passenger rail included in first ever COMPREHENSIVE surface transportation bill!

December 1, 2015

House and Senate conferees released the final transportation bill this afternoon, the product of weeks of negotiations. In a historic win for passenger train advocates, passenger rail was included as part of a comprehensive transportation bill for the first time ever—something NARP members have been working towards for years! The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is a five-ye...