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The Business and Politics of Passenger Rail; 2013-12-31

December 31st, 2013

A Companion Digest of Events, Opinions, and Forecasts to
This Week at Amtrak

By J. Bruce Richardson,
United Rail Passenger Alliance, Inc.

America’s foremost passenger rail policy institute

Jacksonville, Florida • United States of America
Telephone 904-636-7739, Electronic Mail info@unitedrail.orgwww.unitedrail.org

Volume 3, Number 5

Founded in 1976 by the late Austin Coates, URPA is a nationally known policy institute which focuses on solutions and plans for passenger rail systems in North America. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, URPA has professional associates in Minnesota, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Virginia, Texas, New York, and other locations. For more detailed information, along with a variety of position papers and other documents and a compendium of This Week at Amtrak, visit the URPA web site.

URPA is not a membership organization.

It’s here, the first URPA passenger train calendar. You can choose from a full year single page version, or 12 individual monthly pages chocked full of selected passenger train events and dates.

The photographs are all from the personal files of URPA passenger train professionals, with one guest photo included.

As we move forward into the new year we hope you enjoy using the URPA 2014 passenger train calendar as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Happy new year to all.

You can download the convenient .pdf files below.

J. Bruce Richardson
United Rail Passenger Alliance, Inc.
Jacksonville, Florida USA
Telephone 904-636-7739

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