Category Archives: Meetings

March 3: Membership Meeting with Jim Mathews

Jim Mathews, President and CEO of Rail Passengers Association (RPA), will be our guest speaker. RPA has campaigned strenuously over the last year (and more) to educate lawmakers and the public on the benefits of improved and expanded passenger train service across the country. With the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law last November, a wealth of opportunities are now available to Amtrak and the state partners to realize these benefits. Mr. Mathews will speak about how Michigan and the Midwest can roll up its sleeves and get to work on moving forward with our plans.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 849 3427 1000
Passcode: 524858
Or dial: 312 626 6799 US

MARP meeting Sept. 16 discusses restoring Ann Arbor to Traverse City passenger service

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
Zoom Meeting for Members and Friends
Thursday, 16 September 2021
5:00 PM Eastern Time

Guest Speaker
Carolyn Ulstad
Transportation Program Manager
Groundwork Center, Traverse City

Carolyn will review what has happened so far with the A2TC Project and update us on current plans for moving the proposal forward.

The Northern Michigan Rail Ridership Feasibility & Cost Estimate Study, completed in 2018, presented a favorable scenario for bringing  passenger train service to one of Michigan’s fastest growing regions.

ZOOM LINK                   
Meeting ID: 853 3140 4318
Passcode: 359845
Dial in: +1 312 626 6799

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The Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers Invites you to hear what’s new in New York State Zoom in on Thursday, June 10 at 5:00 pm ET

Cruce Becker will be joined by others to talk about the things that are making ESPA members anxious and the things that are giving them hope. On the plus side, ESPA has seen the opening of two new stations in the last year–Exchange Street Station in Buffalo and the Moynihan Train Hall in NYC; completion of a second main between Albany and Schenectady; formation of a Lake Shore Working group looking to expand service; and hiring of a part-time executive director. On the minus side, they have been waiting nearly 12 years for a final report on the Empire Corridor study, hoping it won’t meet the same fate as the Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac Corridor study. More immediately, ESPA hopes to restore food service on the Empire State Corridor train and is working to get pre-clearance at Montreal and to extend the Ethan Allen from Rutland to Burlington VT.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 599 978 5286

Passcode: ARB351

Dial in: 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

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Join Us For A Virtual Brown Bag Lunch May 13

The Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
invites you to a Virtual Brown Bag Lunch
Thursday, May 13 at 12:00 pm CT, 1:00 pm ET

In lieu of a MARP membership meeting in May, we are inviting members and friends to enjoy a Virtual Brown Bag Lunch with the High Speed Rail Alliance.

The guest speaker will be Derrick James, Amtrak Government Affairs Director. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Amtrak’s “Vision 2035” to grow service and connect new city pairs across the country.

The plan would provide new and improved train service to millions of additional passengers and increase connectivity between urban and rural communities.

Advance registration is required if you wish to attend the event.
The zoom link will be provided when you register. 
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Learn About “Toledo to Detroit/Ann Arbor by Train?” Thursday, April 15, 2021

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
Invites You to Learn About
“Toledo to Detroit/Ann Arbor by Train?”
Thursday, 15 April 2021
5:00 PM Eastern Time

Please plan to join us “virtually” as we talk with members of the Passenger Rail Committee of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG). The committee partners with TMACOG staff to support efforts to bring modern higher speed intercity rail service to the northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan region
Join Zoom Meeting ID: 599 978 5286
Passcode: ARB351

Or Phone:  312-626-6799 US
Meeting ID:  599 978 5286
Passcode:  746483

With talk swirling around the prospect of a big federal infrastructure investment and Amtrak’s more proactive stance toward service expansion, the time seems right to push forward projects high on the wish list.

 A TMACOG study completed in 2019 made a strong case for development of a Toledo-Detroit-Ann Arbor rail service with a major hub at the DTW Airport and the potential to expand northward to reach additional destinations in Michigan along the proposed Ann Arbor to Traverse City (A2TC) route.

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