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MARP Members Gather August 17, 2016

In conjunction with the 4th Annual Michigan Rail Conference
Northern Michigan University
University Center Building
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette MI 49855

IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Make plans now to join fellow MARP members on August 17 at the 4th Annual Michigan Rail Conference on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

MARP members will receive the “early bird” discount through August 9 when registering online. The fee will be $100 (a savings of $75). To receive the discount, enter the code MRC_MARP-late2016 in the box at the upper right of the final registration screen when entering your payment information (detailed instructions below).

MARP members wishing to attend only the passenger rail session at 12:45 on August 17 will be allowed to enter free, for that session only. This session is a panel discussion titled “Passenger Operations in an Era of Lean Public Investment”. Panelists include:

  • Chad Cushman, VP Business, Indian Trails, Inc., on Amtrak Thruway service in the Upper Peninsula.
  • Chris Bagwell, Executive VP & General Manager, Great Lakes Central Railroad, on restoration of passenger service in northern lower Michigan.
  • Larry Krieg, Chairman Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, with an overview of Michigan passenger trains.
  • Frank Loetterle, Project Manager-Passenger Rail Office, Minnesota DOT, on the Northern Lights Express, a proposed higher-speed rail project linking the Twin Cities and Duluth.

View the complete Conference Program HERE

Here’s how to register online:

  • Click HERE to go to the registration page
  • Click on ADD TO CART
  • Complete the registration information form, then click CONTINUE. (The field trip is full. The golf outing is an extra charge.)
  • Click CHECKOUT on the next page
  • Add your e-mail address (sets up an automatic response for your registration), then click CONTINUE UNREGISTERED
  • Finally, put the Promotional Code MRC_MARP-late2016 in the box on the right side of the screen & click APPLY
  • Continue to follow the prompts to enter payment information and finish your registration.

Register now for the 2016 annual Meeting on Sept. 24 in Durand

allaboardguySAVE THE DATE!

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
Durand Union Station
200 Railroad Street, Durand MI 48429
Sept. 24, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Make plans now to attend! Our keynote speaker is John Robert Smith, currently serving as Chairman of Transportation for America. During his 16 year tenure as Mayor of Meridian MS, he facilitated public-private partnerships in redeveloping the city’s Union Station as the Southeast’s first multi-modal transportation center. Mr. Smith is working closely with the Southern Rail Commission in an initiative to restart passenger train service between New Orleans and Florida and has served on the Amtrak board of directors, including terms as Chairman. In other business, MARP will elect officers for the 2016-18 term,  vote on a recommendation to revise language in the Bylaws relating to appointment and compensation of an Executive Director, and hear updates on Michigan rail projects.

COST: $25 per person includes a catered lunch

DEADLINE:  Sept. 14, 2016 is the deadline for registrations.

If you plan to attend, please Register Today!

CLICK HERE to register online

Or download the mail-in form and send with your personal check payable to MARP, Inc. to:

MARP, Inc. | PO BOX 510842 | LIVONIA MI 48151-6842

ACT NOW! The deadline for registration is Sept. 14, 2016.

Click on the button below to register online using PayPal, a major credit card or a debit card Click on the button below to register online using PayPal, a major credit card or a debit card

Prefer registration by U.S. mail? Click on the form below, print it, fill it out and mail along with your check

MARP Annual Mtg 2016 – mail-in form PDF


MARP meets at new Dearborn Amtrak station on June 11, 2016

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, June 11, 2016
10 a.m. to Noon
John D. Dingell Transit Center (Amtrak Station)
21201 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124

Map & Directions

The new Dearborn Amtrak station which opened as the John D. Dingell Transit Center in December of 2014 will be the venue for the June 11 MARP general membership meeting.

The meeting will feature a presentation titled “Presidential Travel By Train”. The speaker will be Radford Jones who, as a U. S. Secret Service agent, was responsible for security of six U.S. Presidents as well as security coordination during the 1976 Presidential inauguration and advance teams for three political conventions. In 2009 he was recognized by Security Magazine as one of the 25 most influential persons in security. Audiences in SE Michigan have found Mr. Jones’s telling of the history of the Secret Service and his experiences with the Kennedy tenure entertaining as well as informative.

Mr. Jones is a native of Hillsdale MI. Retiring after 21 years with the U.S. Secret Service, he became the manager of security and fire protection for Ford Motor Company. Subsequently, he taught in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and directed the school’s Criminal Justice online degree program.

His freelanced Move It On (MIO) Railroad System, Hillsdale Division, a New York Central connector, duplicates many locations he visited during his year career with the U. S. Secret Service.

Please plan to join your fellow members and friends for the usual no-host lunch following the meeting.

If you are interested in ride-sharing to the meeting, simply reply to this link. We will do our best to match you up with a ride or riders.


MARP meets in Jackson May 21

MARP Membership Meeting
Carnegie Library
244 W Michigan, Jackson MI 49201
Saturday, May 21, 2016
10 a.m. – Noon

Map & Directions

Please plan to attend the May 21 MARP meeting at the Carnegie Library in downtown Jackson. MARP member Gerald Callison will be on hand to demonstrate the Google map that he has created of Michigan Amtrak routes. Also on the agenda will be an in-depth discussion of the work of the Route Enhancement Committee chaired by Hugh Gurney. The membership discussion will center around recent rail developments with an eye toward having input in the pending updates of Michigan’s 2040 State Long Range Transportation Plan and the Michigan State Rail Plan. See this month’s issue of  ON TRACK for links to information on these state plans.

MARP meets April 16, 2016 in New Buffalo

MARP Membership Meeting
New Buffalo Township Library
33 N Thompson St, New Buffalo, MI 49117
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10:30am – 1pm EDT

Map & Directions

The April 16 MARP meeting will take place at the New Buffalo Township Library. We have invited colleagues from Indiana to join us. Steve Coxhead, President of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, will have an update on the Hoosier State train now under private management. He will also have information about other projects the Indiana groups are working on. Fred Lanahan, who heads the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association, is unable to attend, but will send a report on the current status of the Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus corridor project which is a primary focus of the group. We will also have an update on the Indiana Gateway projects.

Many of you said you would like to take the train to New Buffalo. GOOD NEWS! John Langdon has succeeded in getting permission for Train #351 to make a stop in New Buffalo. You will have to buy a ticket on Train #351 to Chicago. You can book your return trip on Train #352 leaving New Buffalo at 3:09 pm. For best fares, buy your ticket NOW. If you are a Guest Rewards member, you can earn double points on this purchase. See the Double Points promotion showing on the Amtrak homepage.

Some of our guests may be arriving from the Chicago metro area on Train #350 at 9:37 am. So we have planned a “social hour” with coffee and pastries available at 10:30 am (eastern daylight time). If you are driving, please plan to take advantage of this opportunity for some extra “schoozing”. The business meeting will begin promptly at 11 am.

Lunch will be at the nearby Stray Dog Bar & Grill, just a short stroll from the train platform for those of you who will be catching the train to return home.

We look forward to seeing you in NBU!


New Buffalo is a small beach community with a number of interesting shops and art galleries. The library is just a block and a half from the train and our lunch place is close by. If you want to make a weekend of it, you could visit the New Buffalo Railroad Museum which appears to be operating on a more professional level than in the recent past. The Four Winds Casino, which sends a shuttle to meet most trains, is one of the reasons for the huge jump in ridership at this station. On a nice spring day, the beach is an easy walk to and from the train. For lodging and attractions, visit