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July 29, 2021 by Jim Mathews
Last December we publicly expressed our strong support for the incoming Biden team’s intention to nominate former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor and presidential candidate “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg as...
July 29, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
By a vote of 67-32, the Senate voted yesterday to officially begin work on a $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes $66 billion for rail.“While any meaningful and sustained...
July 22, 2021 by Jim Mathews
The good news: Amtrak ridership is way up from where it was a year ago, nearly double. The bad news: the odds are that, depending on the route, half or more of those new and returning passengers have...
July 16, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) passed a Fiscal Year 2022 bill this afternoon that provides $4.1 billion for passenger rail, Amtrak and...
July 9, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
For Immediate Release (21-12)Contact: Sean Jeans-Gail (202) 320-2723; sjeansgail@narprail.orgWashington, D.C. -- Rail Passengers Association President Jim Mathews issued the following statement on...
July 7, 2021 by T.J. Girsch
I had hoped this post would be different.Back in mid-June, after getting a tour of some newly-refreshed Superliner cars in Chicago, I decided to take the train back to Boston. The most direct route...
July 2, 2021 by Jim Mathews
In April I warned all of you that a well-funded and organized attack on passenger rail was taking shape in Washington, DC. This week we saw another salvo fired in this onslaught: the prominent...
July 2, 2021 by Jim Mathews
Made you look!For most of you, this kind of picture and headline is the equivalent of puppies, kittens and babies on Facebook and Twitter. Our data show that you look at our rolling stock and...
June 17, 2021 by Jim Mathews
Within just a few days, Amtrak’s long-distance Coach passengers will begin to see real, meaningful upgrades to their experience – daily service is restored nationwide to trains that lost it during...
June 16, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
Today the Senate Committee on Commerce passed the Surface Transportation Investment Act of 2021 (STIA) by a bipartisan vote of 25 to 3.STIA includes many of the policy goals Rail Passengers has been...
June 15, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
A letter written by Rail Passengers' President Jim Mathews to the Senate Commerce Committee asking for increased passenger rail funding in the rail title. June 15, 2021 The Honorable Maria...
June 4, 2021 by Jim Mathews
Yes, it’s true. Amtrak is doing more than just restoring what was previously a kind of “meh” traditional dining on the Western trains beginning June 23rd. They’re offering a much better menu with...
June 4, 2021 by Jonsie Stone
I forgot how rude my alarm sounds at 4:45 am but I didn’t mind it Tuesday morning. I got out of bed and started my old morning routine. Boy did that feel good, a return to the old normal for the...