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Some good news. Now, let’s make it better.

Congress is rejecting the president’s attempt to kill our national rail passenger network. That’s very good news. Our elected representatives, from both sides of the aisle, recognize the importance of the rail services in their community — what the National Association of Railroad Passengers calls “My Town, My Train.”

But NARP knows that saving the existing network is not enough. America needs to fix the hundred-year backlog of underinvestment, fill the holes in today’s skeletal system, and add service in places that haven’t seen a train in years. That will take funding, equipment and determination.

What should be the priorities? One of NARP’s goals is to “Put 80% of Americans within 25 miles of a rail station by 2035.” To make that happen, we’ll need massive support, not only in DC, and also in state legislatures, city councils, and community groups around the nation. We know it can be done: witness the enormous support we’ve seen for restoration of Gulf Coast service, the daily Cardinal, and the Colorado ski train.

But to meet this goal, we need a long-term, large commitment to a passenger rail vision. One wonders sometimes whether anyone in Washington, DC, these days has the ability to pursue such a vision, but if the baby boomers have failed, the next generations will succeed.

NARP members should read the group’s Strategic Plan. And if you’re skeptical that it can be made to happen, well, that’s understandable–but with your help, and the help of younger people, we can make “A Connected America” happen.

This fall, NARP will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a large event called RailNation Chicago. Please join us, and bring your friends and family–we can begin to build a rail future for the next generation.

–CH

Kids can ride the train for just $5 this summer

From the Ashboro (NC) Courier-Tribune:

RALEIGH — Kids out of school for the summer?

North Carolina’s Amtrak is offering the perfect low-cost weekday family getaway. In June, July and August, children, ages 2-12, can ride the train for just $5 each way in North Carolina.

With six trains daily to Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte and nine other North Carolina cities on the Piedmont and Carolinian, there’s no shortage of fun destinations along the rail corridor. Take a day trip to have lunch and meander around a nearby historic downtown, or make it an overnight adventure with a hotel stay. Book your tickets at ncbytrain.org.

Up to two kids can ride for $5 with a regular full-fare adult on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays within North Carolina. Offer is valid for travel June 3-Aug. 28. Use fare code V812 when buying your ticket. Seating is limited. Advance reservations are required.

For more information, contact Julia Casadonte at (919) 707-2660 or email to jccasadonte@ncdot.gov.

– See more at: http://courier-tribune.com/get/do/kids-can-ride-train-just-5-summer#sthash.x5WsGSH8.dpuf

RALEIGH — Kids out of school for the summer?
North Carolina’s Amtrak is offering the perfect low-cost weekday family getaway. In June, July and August, children, ages 2-12, can ride the train for just $5 each way in North Carolina.
With six trains daily to Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte and nine other North Carolina cities on the Piedmont and Carolinian, there’s no shortage of fun destinations along the rail corridor. Take a day trip to have lunch and meander around a nearby historic downtown, or make it an overnight adventure with a hotel stay. Book your tickets at ncbytrain.org.
Up to two kids can ride for $5 with a regular full-fare adult on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays within North Carolina. Offer is valid for travel June 3-Aug. 28. Use fare code V812 when buying your ticket. Seating is limited. Advance reservations are required.
For more information, contact Julia Casadonte at (919) 707-2660 or email to jccasadonte@ncdot.gov.

A great way to introduce kids to the wonders of train travel, and to avoid the congestion at the airport.

RALEIGH — Kids out of school for the summer?

North Carolina’s Amtrak is offering the perfect low-cost weekday family getaway. In June, July and August, children, ages 2-12, can ride the train for just $5 each way in North Carolina.

With six trains daily to Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte and nine other North Carolina cities on the Piedmont and Carolinian, there’s no shortage of fun destinations along the rail corridor. Take a day trip to have lunch and meander around a nearby historic downtown, or make it an overnight adventure with a hotel stay. Book your tickets at ncbytrain.org.

Up to two kids can ride for $5 with a regular full-fare adult on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays within North Carolina. Offer is valid for travel June 3-Aug. 28. Use fare code V812 when buying your ticket. Seating is limited. Advance reservations are required.

For more information, contact Julia Casadonte at (919) 707-2660 or email to jccasadonte@ncdot.gov.

– See more at: http://courier-tribune.com/get/do/kids-can-ride-train-just-5-summer#sthash.x5WsGSH8.dpuf

RALEIGH — Kids out of school for the summer?

North Carolina’s Amtrak is offering the perfect low-cost weekday family getaway. In June, July and August, children, ages 2-12, can ride the train for just $5 each way in North Carolina.

With six trains daily to Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte and nine other North Carolina cities on the Piedmont and Carolinian, there’s no shortage of fun destinations along the rail corridor. Take a day trip to have lunch and meander around a nearby historic downtown, or make it an overnight adventure with a hotel stay. Book your tickets at ncbytrain.org.

Up to two kids can ride for $5 with a regular full-fare adult on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays within North Carolina. Offer is valid for travel June 3-Aug. 28. Use fare code V812 when buying your ticket. Seating is limited. Advance reservations are required.

For more information, contact Julia Casadonte at (919) 707-2660 or email to jccasadonte@ncdot.gov.

– See more at: http://courier-tribune.com/get/do/kids-can-ride-train-just-5-summer#sthash.x5WsGSH8.dpuf

“Ride with Pride to Washington D.C.’s Capital Pride on Amtrak”

From Passport Magazine (Blogs), by Joseph Pedro :

Skip that nauseating BoltBus and head down to D.C. next weekend on comfortable, energy-efficient Amtrak as they are also, for the fourth straight year, sponsor of Washington D.C.’s Capital Pride Festival’s Green Village, where festival attendees experience and learn about energy-efficient travel and sustainability efforts at America’s RailroadThe Capital Pride Festival will take place on Sunday, June 8, on Pennsylvania Avenue from noon to 7 P.M.. As presenting sponsor, Amtrak will showcase the company’s commitment to protecting the environment. Visitors stopping by the Amtrak booth will enjoy family activities and games, learn more about Amtrak service to more than 500 destinations, and have the opportunity to win free roundtrip travel vouchers to experience Amtrak travel on the Northeast Corridor.

Of course, check out Amtrak’s LGBT dedicated website to find some special deals to get yourself down to Washington next weekend.