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The future of Amtrak and the Board of Directors

December 11th, 1997 Comments off

[originally posted to the All-Aboard email list]

The major hurdle of Amtrak’s future in regards to Congressional funding and reauthorization has been crossed.

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URPA – Who are we?

November 11th, 1997 Comments off

[originally posted to the All-Aboard email list]

URPA stands for United Rail Passenger Alliance. This small, but effective organization is made up of a coalition of academics, professional transportation consultants, and other contributors in various rail-related specialty areas with high levels of education and credentials. Also included are those in the travel agency industry and related fields, as well as private rail car owners. All of the consultants are actively participating in the field of transportation with client lists that include many facets of transportation including railroads, airlines, and the hospitality industry.

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Transcribed copy of the letter from the Senate to Amtrak Board

November 6th, 1997 Comments off

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is a word for word transcription of the letter (originally on United States Senate letterhead), dated Friday, October 31, 1997 and simply addressed, Read more…

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There has to be a connection to make it work

September 21st, 1997 Comments off

The topic of regional rail versus a national system leaves a lot of room for discussion. First, though, some realities and fundamentals must be discussed.

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On Privatization

September 20th, 1997 Comments off

For now, Amtrak is the only game in town regarding long-haul trains. As California has on many occasions concerning many other subjects, they have shown the way to regional self-reliability through willingness to tax themselves for local concerns. And they should be applauded for this. They wanted more rail, so they were ready to pay for it, along with the necessary equipment to operate services. All other areas of the country should take note. And, don’t forget the commuters of the Midwest in and out of Chicago have been doing this very thing successfully for years.

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