‘A new age of advocacy for rail passengers in North America’

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The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) has heralded a new chapter in its rail advocacy movement in the United States.

Marking the 50th anniversary since it was founded, NARP has announced a rebranding to fight the “old antiquated ideas about rail.”

Previously known as NARP, the not-for-profit organisation has rebranded to become the Rail Passengers Association (RPA), with a new logo and website.

Similar to how Amtrak is officially known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, NARP will continue to be the organisation’s legal name.

RPA president and CEO Jim Mathews said: “This Association allowed our voices to be raised when services needed improvement, and when expansion efforts were needed.

“As America considers how and where to invest our transportation and infrastructure dollars, rail needs to be at the centre of the conversation.

“Yet, today’s rail passengers are still threatened with old, antiquated ideas about rail. Some people in Washington, including those in the Trump Administration, seek to cut funding for Amtrak.

“Rail Passengers seeks to grow and expand our membership, to raise our voices even louder to demand that the needs and concerns of rail passengers are heard. Our new brand is a reflection of that same mission.”

RPA was formed in 1967 and is a strong supporter for the expansion of the national rail network. It has more than 28,000 members.

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