MARP meets Oct. 23 in Grand Rapids

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Meeting begins at 10:00 am

Grand Rapids Amtrak Station
431 Wealthy Street SW
[near Market and Wealthy]
Grand Rapids MI 49503

John Langdon will lead off  with an update on the planning and funding for the proposed relocation of the Grand Rapids Amtrak Station to a new facility alongside the regional transit hub near downtown. The facility will be ADA-compliant and will allow connections with local transportation services.

 MARP has recognized the late Ray Hamacher with a plaque that has been placed in the current Amtrak station. Ray was instrumental in the efforts to revive the Pere Marquette route and served as a station volunteer for many years. We hope that family and associates of Ray will be with us at this meeting.

 On the heels of the NARP Council of Representative meeting held in Grand Rapids this week, we can anticipate reports from John DeLora, Michigan’s delegate to the Council, as well as from Robert Tischbein and John Langdon, who took part in a pre-meeting discussion of the relationship between the national organization and the state “ARPS”

We hope you will plan to attend. If you are interested in car-pooling with someone from your area, please email

The Executive Committee will hold a brainstorming session following the member meeting. This session will meet at the Grand Rapids Rapid Transit Headquarters, 250 Grandville SW., Grand Rapids, from 1 pm –  4 pm.  The session is intended to give direction for 2011. No “official” business will be transacted. Please let Chair Robert Tischbein know if you are unable to attend.

His email is


Michigan Operation Lifesaver meets quarterly at Durand Union Station and MARP members are always welcome to attend. The next meeting will be on November 5, 2010, at 9:30 am. Lunch will be served and RSVP is required.  Contact Sam Crowl 248-823-7037


MARP Annual Meeting will be held at Durand Union Station on Saturday, November 13. In addition to a review of the year’s activities, we will be honoring outgoing Chair and MARP founder, John DeLora for his decades of dedicated service to the cause of passenger train service and the preservation of historic stations in Michigan. PUT THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR. You will receive registration information soon.