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MARP Invites You to Learn About “Amtrak’s Plan to Expand Ohio Train Services”

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
Invites You to Learn About
“Amtrak’s Plan to Expand Ohio Train Services”
Thursday, 18 March 2021
5:00 PM Eastern Time

Please plan to join us “virtually” as we talk with Stu Nicholson, Executive Director of All Aboard Ohio, about Amtrak’s proposal for new and expanded passenger train services in Ohio.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84178735512?pwd=Um1zS1BhUmdvYmtIcG5Ha3dDbml3Zz09

Or Phone:   312 626 6799
Meeting ID:   841 7873 5512

Passcode:   576546

If you are new to Zoom, you will find this short video helpful:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E

“This Corridor Development Program is a major policy shift for Amtrak. Since it began in 1971, Amtrak has been largely reactive and not proactive when it comes to its growth. This policy shift is very welcome and long overdue when it comes to dealing with states like Ohio that have almost no service and thus almost no political constituency to create a passenger rail development program. We hope that Congress will authorize and fully fund this Corridor Development Program.”  

 — All Aboard Ohio Executive Director Stu Nicholson in a 02 March 2020 news release

Join Us via Zoom on Jan. 28, 2021– Hear How Virginia is Modernizing Passenger Train Service

MARP Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Begins at 5:00 pm Eastern Time
See Zoom Link Below

MARP Members and Friends are in for a treat as our guest speaker, Danny Plaugher, shares his enthusiasm about the many very exciting things happening with passenger trains in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The online meeting via Zoom will begin at 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, January 28. All members and friends are encouraged to attend. Plan to join the meeting 10-15 minutes before the start time in order to allow time to resolve any problems with getting connected.

Use this link to Join the Zoom Meeting    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5999785286?pwd=NEFCRm51TitCWDBhekZZWEE0SFU5UT09

Meeting ID:  599 978 5286

Passcode:  ARB351

To Join by Phone:  +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Our guest speaker is Danny Plaugher, who serves as executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail (VHSR). He joined VHSR in 2007 and set to work to help create the Virginia Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund (IPROC), making Virginia the first state with a dedicated funding source for passenger rail.

In addition to his work with VHSR, Danny joined the Virginia Transit Association (VTA) in 2019 as deputy director to lead their policy and outreach efforts.

Danny serves on the Transportation Working Group for the Capital Region Collaborative, the board of RVA Rapid Transit, rail advisor for the RVA-757 Collaborative, and as treasurer of the Virginia Rail Policy Institute. He is also a former member and past President of the Rotary Club of Richmond, one of Virginia’s oldest service organizations.

He is a proud graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and was honored by his alma mater in 2016 as one of VCU’s Top 10 Graduates of the Last Decade and, in 2018, was named the first honorary member of VCU’s Pi Sigma Alpha honor society in the society’s 30-year history.

Danny lives in the West End of Henrico, bordering Richmond VA, with his wife Jan, son Benjamin, and two dogs, Jax and Lily.

For Help With Zoom
If you have not yet discovered the world of Zoom, it is a wonderful way to keep in touch with your organizations, friends and family members during this trying time. An excellent video guide to joining a Zoom call for the first time (it’s easier than you think!) is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E

If you have any questions, please send us an email at marprail@yahoo.com .

 

SEE YOU ON ZOOM!

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

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
47t
h Annual Meeting
S
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

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.