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Join us for our 47th Annual Meeting via Zoom on Oct. 17

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
47t
h Annual Meeting
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aturday, October 17, 2020
10
:00 a.m. –Noon

Featuring Gene Skoropowski
Former manager of California’s Capital Corridor
Former Sr. VP of Passenger Rail Development for All Aboard Florida

With the coronavirus still with us, this year’s Annual Meeting will be held “virtually” via Zoom on Saturday, October 17, beginning at 10:00 a.m. We hope you will all plan to be with us for what promises to be an outstanding program.

Our keynote speaker will be Mr. Eugene K. “Gene” Skoropowski who is widely recognized for making the Capitol Corridor service in California one of the best performing trains in Amtrak’s National Network. He recently spoke before the Virginia Rail Policy Institute on “Working Collegially With The Host Railroads”, describing how development of a good working relationship with Union Pacific was key to improving on- time-performance and increasing frequency on the corridor from 4 daily round trips to 16. He later moved to Florida where he led the organization and startup of the Brightline Express, the privately financed high-speed train linking Miami and West Palm Beach, with plans to extend to Orlando.

We will also hear briefly from former Congressman John J.H. “Joe” Schwarz, one of our state’s most enthusiastic supporters of passenger train service. Joe has worked, largely behind the scenes, during the administrations of Governors of both parties to keep our trains running. He will have something to say about how we navigate the perilous times ahead.

You will find information below for accessing the meeting via Zoom.

Following the speakers, we will conduct a short business meeting to elect officers for the

2020-2022 term. Please take a look at the attached minutes of last year’s Annual Meeting. There will also be an opportunity for member comments and discussion of MARP activities in the next year.

Plan to join the meeting a few minutes before 10:00 AM on Oct. 17 by clicking the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84978467783?pwd=K1Z2OTF0WGkzcnFRZDVWWWVYcHFjQT09

Passcode: 166060

Webinar ID: 849 7846 7783

Or iPhone one-tap :

+13126266799,,84978467783#   or  +16465588656,,84978467783#

Or Telephone (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

+1 312 626 6799 (Chicago)   or  +1 646 558 8656   or  +1 301 715 8592 or  +1 346 248 7799   or   +1 669 900 9128   or  +1 253 215 8782

International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd8iZo9xk5

If you are unfamiliar with using Zoom, you will find this short video helpful.

How to Join a Zoom Call for the First Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E

The Zoom app will download automatically when you join your first Zoom meeting, and is also available for manual download here.   https://zoom.us/download

If you have questions or would like to request a “practice” session, reply to this email with your question/request.

MARP Virtual Meeting Scheduled for Sept. 10, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

MARP Member Meeting
Online via Zoom
Thursday, 10 September 2020
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm ET

Please plan to join us on Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 pm ET for MARP’s second “virtual” meeting. We will hear from Clark Harder who is the Executive Director of the Michigan Public Transit Association to learn how transit in our state is coping with the challenges of the pandermic and what the plans are for moving forward.

Zoom Meeting log in information
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82257390948?pwd=eXJjSytMZ2VJdTFvVU1SZ293QlF5dz09
Meeting ID: 822 5739 0948
Passcode: 507145

Also on the program is Megan Owens who has led Transpotation Riders United (TRU) for more than a decade in working at the grassroots level to improve transit service in the Detroit metropolitan area. Despite the set-backs in getting the Regional Transportation Authority fully off the ground, Detroit has made significant progress over the last few years in improving bus services and introducing new mobility options for people.

We will also have updates on Amtrak services in Michigan and elsewhere.as well as the restart of intercity bus services.

This will be a good opportunity for those of you who have not participated in a Zoom meeting to get familiar with the platform in advance of MARP’s 47th Annual Meeting which will take place on October 17. That will be a meeting you don’t want to miss. We are fortunate to have as our keynote speaker for that meeting, Mr. Gene Skoropowski widely recognized for making the Capitol Corridor service from San Jose to Sacramento a model of success and then leading the development of the Brightline service in Florida.

One last thing before we go: please CLICK HERE to go to Rail Passengers Association Action Page and add your voice to the chorus calling on Congress to save daily service on Amtrak’s long-distance routes. Weakening the National Netowrk will inevitably affect our Michigan trains and the Midwest regional system.

See you online on Thursday!

MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS

August 2020 edition of OnTrack

We hope this finds you well as this strangest summer ever begins to wind down.
Be sure to check out the information on page 2 of the attached issue. You still have time to register for the virtual “Afternoon Snack” brought to you by the High Speed Rail Alliance and featuring U.S. Representative Seth Moulton with his transformative proposal to build a nationwide high-speed rail network.
Also in this issue, you will find:
  • information about the threat to our long-distance trains and what you can do about it
  • some details of Rep. Seth Moulton’s proposal
  • information about Rail Passengers’ next webinar which should be particularly interesting to Midwesterners
  • Part 1 of a report from the 2020 Michigan|Midwest Virtual Rail Conference
  • a first look at the new Siemens coaches arriving in the Midwest
ENJOY!
MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS
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Register now for the Michigan Rail Conference | VIRTUAL Midwest Rail Conference 2020

MRC | VIRTUAL Midwest Rail Conference 2020
Tuesday, August 11, 9 AM – 1 PM  EDT
Wednesday, August 12, 9 AM – 1 PM EDT

Make your plans now to attend this “virtual” conference. The scope of the annual Michigan Rail Conference has broadened this year to include our neighboring states in a program touching on  a wide variety of topics in both freight and passenger rail. Each of the half-day sessions will conclude with a keynote speaker. Joe McHugh, Amtrak Vice-President for State-Supported Services Business Development, will speak on Tuesday. Mike McClellan, Vice-President Strategic Planning at Norfolk Southern will conclude the conference on Wednesday.

Rail Passengers Association CEO and President, Jim Mathews, will be part of the opening day plenary session discussing challenges facing the rail industry in the time of COVID-19. On a panel addressing improvements in the passenger experience, MARP member Joshua Hamilton will talk about the volunteer station host program he helped establish at the East Lansing station.

Opportunities for growth in passenger rail will be addressed by Arun Rao, WisDOT, and Scott Rogers, Chair of the West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition, a group working to restore passenger train service between Eau Claire WS and St. Paul. Michael Noland, President of the South Shore Line/NICTD, will speak about the Westlake Project which will extend service to four  communities south of Hammond IN.

Complete information and the draft program are available at rail.mtu.edu/MRC2020/agenda. You may REGISTER HERE  at the rock bottom rate of $25. But, hurry! Registration is limited and will go up on August 1.