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Read about people who care about the future of America’s rail transportation and what they’re doing to make a difference

Dwight Phillips

“I have always viewed intercity passenger rail as a very integral part of the nation’s transportation system.”

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“My interest in passenger rail travel began in 1960, following my initial long-distance train ride to Georgia, with my mother, to visit family. My next long-distance train trip occurred in 1967, when our family journeyed west, on the California Zephyr. In the early 1990’s, I became aware of the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers and joined the organization. I attended the organization’s meetings, on a regular basis. I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the members’ advocacy efforts, on behalf of passenger rail.

At some point, I became aware of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, a national passenger rail organization, and decided to join it too. Based upon the contents of the newsletters, I saw that the organization had an excellent vision of what the passenger rail system should be in America.

In early 2006, I was approached, by a couple of members of M.A.R.P., who were also members of N.A.R.P., and solicited to run for a position of what was then the board of directors of N.A.R.P. I agreed to do so and, fortunately, I was elected. I have been on what is now known as the Council of Representatives, ever since then.

I have always viewed intercity passenger rail as a very integral part of the nation’s transportation system. While passenger rail will never again attain the status of being the primary mover of people, from one location to another, it still provides a very clean and efficient means of traveling from one place to another in this country. Most importantly, for many people, it is their only means of traveling long distances. Even for those who do have the ability to travel by other means of transportation, passenger still offers a viable alternative to spending hours behind the wheel of a car or sitting in a cramped seat on an airplane.

I see the RPA as a much needed advocate on behalf of the many people who use and need a viable and, hopefully, expanding passenger rail system. It is extremely important for the organization to continue to educate the members of both the national and state legislative bodies about important issues concerning passenger rail.”

Jen Willett

I’m sure my story isn’t uncommon, but now that I’m aware of just how much rail impacts my own life, I’m grateful for an advocate of improved intercity rails.

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It honestly never occurred to me how much advocacy is really needed on local, state and federal levels to maintain and expand our nation’s railways. Living in the greater DC area, I’ve taken for granted the train services that helped me get to events, visit friends, arrive for job interviews, and even get to work. Knowing that without a champion for rail transportation, conditions could decline and people who depend on rails for their livelihood could suffer, I decided to support the Rail Passengers Association’s mission with a cash donation because I know they can do the work to ensure rails improve and expand that I can’t do myself. I’m grateful for the Rail Passengers Association for teaching me about rails and how important they are for everyone in this country!

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