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NARP Releases, Statements & Letters

An archive of press releases, Congress-ional statements, letters to officials, and written testimony.

NARP Statement on FY2017 Transportation Appropriations

April 18, 2016

[Click here for a PDF version of this statement.] Statement of Jim Mathews President & CEO * * * Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies The Honorable Thad Cochran Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate * * * Fiscal 2016 Department of Transportation Appropriation * * * April 18, 2016 Thank you for the opportunity to submit this stat...

NARP President's Letter to Amtrak Board on Search for New CEO

April 15, 2016

[PDF version of original letter] April 15, 2016 Mr. Anthony M. Coscia Chairman of the Board of Directors Amtrak 60 Massachusetts Ave, NE Washington, DC 20002 Dear Mr. Coscia: With the retirement of Joe Boardman as Amtrak’s President and CEO, each of you as Board members has a unique opportunity to consider who might be best suited to build on the progress of the past few years to move passen...

Senators Thune and Wicker Receive Honors from NARP for Continued Advocacy of a National Passenger Rail Network

April 13, 2016

For Immediate Release (#16-06) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Senators Receive “Golden Spike” Award at Congressional Reception Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) were honored with a prestigious award conferred by the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) last night at the organization’s annual Congressional Rece...

NARP to Honor Metra Commuter Rail Senior Manager with Burch Memorial Safety Award

April 13, 2016

For Immediate Release (#16-07) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951 Shamonda Jones Demonstrates Commitment to Safety for passengers with 1,300 Daily Trains Traveling through Chicago Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) honored Shamonda Jones, senior manager of Metra Commuter Rail in Chicago, with the Dr. Gary Burch Memorial Award during NARP’s April...

Statement by NARP President Mathews on Amtrak Chester Derailment

April 3, 2016

For Immediate Release (#16-05) Contact: Sean Jeans Gail 202-320-2723 This morning, south of Philadelphia in the city of Chester, PA a collision with what appears to be a piece of maintenence-of-way-equipment led to a derailment of the lead engine of Palmetto Train 89. Currently there are two known fatalities on the ground, but none aboard the train. Amtrak service is suspended between New York...