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Join us at the April 14, 2007 MARP Member Meeting in Royal Oak

Please join us at the Saturday, April 14, 2007 MARP Member Meeting in Royal Oak. The meeting will begin at 10 am. We will be hosted by Woody’s Diner, 208 West Fifth Street. Click for a map and parking directions. If you park in the Center Street deck as shown, the first two hours are free, then it’s 50 cents per hour afterward. Pay as you leave. Walk south on Center Street to Woody’s.
If you have not been to Woody’s Diner, it is a large railroad-oriented restaurant and tavern located right next to the CN Holly Subdivision main lines. We will be upstairs in the meeting area and will have the floor to ourselves. The train viewing is excellent. The management has provided the meeting space at no cost in hopes that many of us will eat lunch downstairs after the meeting. It’s a great menu, good food at a reasonable price.

Attendance at the meeting is free. Dress code is casual. The agenda for the meeting will be posted at about a week prior to the meeting. Minutes of previous meetings (including March 10, 2007) are posted at the website.

If you haven’t renewed your MARP membership for 2007, please do so as soon as possible. If you did not receive a renewal card in the mail, email Our primary expense is the Michigan Passenger newspaper, which we would like to continue publishing regularly. The next issue is scheduled to be out in April.

I hope to see you in Royal Oak on April 14.

Michael Whims

Joint meeting of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association and National Association of Railroad Passengers Regions 6 & 7

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2007; 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 pm

WHERE: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

Cost: $45 Lunch included

Keynote: Anne P. Canby, President, Surface Transportation Policy Project
Click here for more information on the Surface Transportation Policy Project.

Book signing: Alfred Runte, Author, Allies of the Earth, Railroads and the Soul of Preservation
Click here for more information on the book.

DC Update: George Chilson, President, National Association or Railroad Passengers

Online reservation at

Important meeting location changes

A number of changes and updates have been made to the member meeting schedule since the Winter 2006 Michigan Passenger newsletter:

• The April 15, 2006 members meeting has been relocated to the Michigan Theatre; 124 North Mechanic Street, Jackson. The MARP Executive Committee changed the location because of availability of the facility.

• Please note that the May 20, 2006 meeting has been rescheduled to May 6, 2006. This date was changed from the date also originally published in the Winter 2006 newsletter.

• The September 23, 2006 Annual Meeting in Kalamazoo, Michigan will be at the following location: The Arcus Foundation (former Grand Rapids & Indiana (Pennsylvania Railroad) passenger station), 402 East Michigan, Kalamazoo.

• The location for the October 14, 2006 members meeting is the Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan at 175 Main Street, Battle Creek.

For more information, and a complete listing of upcoming meetings, check the MARP meeting page.


Attend the regional NARP meeting March 18 in Detroit


CONTACT: John DeLora, Executive Director

The National Association of Railroad Passenger (NARP) regional membership meeting is coming to Detroit on March 18, 2006. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Be sure you have your calendars marked!

These meetings are a good way to meet NARP officers, staff, board members, and fellow rail advocates. There are informative outside speakers as well. Keynote speaker in Detroit will be NARP President George Chilson.

The registration is $20 and includes a catered hot lunch. Mail your registration to: MARP, P.O. Box 52148, Livonia, MI 48152-0148. Please make checks payable to MARP.

The meeting will take place at Cadillac Place (former GM Headquarters,) 3044 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202.

National Association of Railroad Passengers
Region 6
Annual membership meeting
10 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2006 – Detroit, MI


Call to order and Welcome

  • Michael Whims, Ch., Michigan Association of Railroad PassengersRegion 6 Election: Call for ballots and ballot countingState Reports:
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • MichiganComments from the Michigan Department of TransportationRegion 6 Election: Reading of ballot count


    President’s Address

  • George Chilson, President, National Association of Railroad PassengersGuest Presentation:
  • Robert Johnston, Correspondent for Trains MagazineAdjournment##