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REMEMBERING RAIL LINE COMMUNITIES CAMPAIGN 2013

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  • National American Train Station Directory

    "Annual National Train Day Events" is National Celebration of Rail Line Communities served by American Railways and train services, from freight trains to terminal railroads to passenger trains of all types.

    America's railways have taken a leading role in improving our nation's future in transportation, there’s a lot to celebrate, as each rail line community has a story to tell and can create a unique celebration!

    How can can you and your rail line community participate!

    By organizing planning committees within your community, you create your own or join existing committees with family, friendly and community leaders to host your community events with clubs, organizations, foundations, societies, associations, schools or business and merchant leadership.

    It’s not just an event, it’s an experience!

    To celebrate our "American History" and pay our respects to men and women who dedicated their knowledge and lives to plan, build, maintain and protected our railways for our future as a greener society.

    SO LETS GET STARTED PLANNING

    JOIN YOUR NATIONAL OR STATE
    RAIL LINE COMMUNITY COMMITTEE TODAY





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    Uniting the rail line communities toward statewide improvements in rural and local "Passenger Railway Services" connecting to "National Network of Communities" which are vital to the
    "National Economy and Communities They Serve".

    REMEMBERING RAIL LINE COMMUNITIES OF AMERICA

    Rail Line Communities are cities and towns along a network of tracks leading to other cities and towns that involve local people, business and tourism in the economic development toward the management of local & rural railway routes, services and stations.

    INTENT & PURPOSE: To works with local governments, community business merchants, heritage passenger railways, national passenger rail systems, consumer rail advocacy groups, and railroad companies to provide attention toward national, rural and local railway services that are so vital to economy of communities they serve.

    MISSION: To provide awareness of rail line community journeys that increase's citizen travel options and improve business freight services that improve the economic revenue and efficiency of services.

    STRATEGY: To provide a long-term economic structure for Statewide Railway Services and means to work with community leaders and business stakeholders to improve citizen and passenger option for travel journey's to rail line community.

    Rail Line Community Journeys improves Rail Passenger Services Networks which are no different from other transportation, as they remain connected to the "National Transportation Networks".

    CONCEPT: Offers a different category of localizing rail passenger tourism and statewide business opportunities. Importantly, it actively involves the economic development and local community growth with the development of their railway commerce.

    [USA]

    DESIGNATION AND DESTINATION

    DESIGNATION: Rail line journey routes are defined as ‘Active Passenger Services" and "Non-Passenger Service Communities". Designations are intended to clarify expectations and aspirations for rail line community tourism andbusiness opportunities as a destination.

    RAIL LINE COMMUNITY JOURNEY'S: Offer the concept of a destination within National-Statewide Rail Networks, primarily local in nature and is intended to focus on national rail line community journey network.

    DESTINATION: Provides more business opportunities toward work with national passenger train operators including Statewide Shortline Railroad Services and working with the local rail line community business and tourism partnerships.

    RAIL LINE COMMUNITY EXPLORATION: Provides the discovery opportunity of rail line community journey's, for which National Train Day Celebrations is intended to provide attention towards the "Journey to National and Statewide Rail Line Communities".

    JOIN THE NATIONAL AND STATEWIDE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY EVENTSS DISCOVER THE RAIL STATIONS OF AMERICA

    Louis Alloin,Chairmen
    National Train Day Association
    Email: ntda@usa.com

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    [History]

    AMERICAN RAILROAD HISTORY TIMELINE

  • RAIL TRANSPORTATION IN UNITED STATES
  • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN RAILROAD DEVEOPMENT TIME LINE
  • HISTORY OF RAILROAD MAPS
  • TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD MAPS
  • RAILRAOD HISTORY OVERVIEW OF PAST
  • A LONG AND SHORT STORY HISTORY
  • UNITED STATE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD HISTORY
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF RAIL PASSENGER INDUSTRY
  • AMRICAN EXPERIENCE STREAMLINERS TIMELINE
  • TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD PROMONTORY SUMMIT RAILWAY ACT
  • CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD
  • PROMONTORY UTAH
  • THE GOLDEN SPIKE
  • HISTORY OF PROMONTORY UTAH
  • TRANS-MISSISSIPPI WEST RAILROADS
  • CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD PHOTGRAPHY MUSEUM
  • C.R SAVAGE PHOTOGRAPH
  • PRINTABLE COLORING PAGES
  • RAILROAD HISTORY ARCHIVES: Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
  • UNION PACIFIC PASSENGER TRAIN HISTORY
  • HISTORICAL RAILROAD STOCK
  • GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL PARKS HISTORIC SITE
  • NATIONAL PARKS HISTORY AT GLANCE
  • FORT OGDEN GOLDEN SPIKE



  • AMTRAK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
  • FUNDING UNIVERSE: AMTRAK HISTORY
  • GOOGLE PAPERS: AMTRAK HISTORY TIMELINE
  • BUSINESS REFERENCE: AMTRAK HISTORY PROFILE
  • TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD CULTURE





  • "REMEMBERING RAIL LINE COMMUNITIES"

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    Last year the United States discovered the railway during the 3rd annual National Train Day. This years rail line communities across the nation will celebrate our American Trains again in 2011-2012. Rail Line Communities will offer a wide selection of specialized activities, including live entertainment, interactive educational exhibits, tours of notable private railroad cars and trains, train rides, food demonstrations,kids’ programs and much more entertainment.


    WHAT IS NATIONAL TRAIN DAY?

    Celebrating National Train Day will help raise awareness of the vital role railways interact in our rail line communities and nation’s transportation system. Railway service is a key component of America’s economy and its future. Train transforms the economy by linking rail line communities and creating jobs. With its inclusion as part of the recent economic stimulus bill, freight rail and high-speed rail will change transportation in the United States. With a global concern about ecology and conservation, trains are becoming known as a more energy-efficient way to travel at 457 miles per gallon of fuel.


    AMERICAN RAILWAY HISTORY & CULTURE

    Tell your local community railway history (RESOLUTION & DELARATION) and your future plans to improve rail services, here an example:

    On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah, the “golden spike” was driven into the final tie that joined the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, ceremonially creating the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. Suddenly, the country was united in a way it never had been, and train travel sparked imaginations in small towns and big cities, among folk who desired adventure and businessmen who saw fortunes to be made. The sound of a train whistle was the soundtrack of happy reunions and tearful farewells.

    It heralded the arrival of mail, supplies and community economic growth changes . The train became more than the go-to mode of transport for people and goods. It was a proud achievement of engineering vision, technical ingenuity and sweat. It was a cultural force that sparked the creativity of storytellers in songs, movies and novels.

    Railways provided jobs for thousands of Americans. The train station became a focal point of every community, from New York City’s Penn Station to the tiny stations that dotted rural America.


    GREAT AMERICAN RAILWAY HERITAGE CELEBRATION

    111th CONGRESS initiated the creation of National Train Day in 2008 and National Rail Passenger Corporation-Amtrak began the major cities event celebrations. However, National Train Day is really an American celebration of the train, as many rail line communities started such dynamic events years ago.

    Railroad Days, Train Festivals and National Train Day Celebration of our railway heritage and future train services is for everyone to enjoy. Visit: RAIL FESTIVALS AND EVENT GUIDE

    WASHINGTON STATE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY ASSOCIATION is happy that you want to be involved in making this National Celebration of our railways for 2011, and a greater success for your rail line community.


    GETTING IDEAS FOR YOUR RAIL LINE COMMUNITY EVENT

    Contact local organizations, business merchants, associations, government leaders and get them to participate:

  • Contact your local Amtrak train station and tell them you want to host a National Train Day celebration. You will need approval to set up the activities at the station.

  • Contact your local government agencies and present plans and obtain permits to host a National Train Day celebration. You will need approval local government leadership to set up the street activities.

  • Reach out to local train hobbyist or enthusiast groups, such as model railroad clubs, Legotrain builders or railroad museums, to see if they would provide an exhibit or display.

  • Talk to the schools in your area to see if there are any student organizations, such as a history club, marching band, theater group or forensics club, that would like to present an educational or entertainment activity.

  • Contact local retailers and merchants to see if they would like to be involved by providing National Train Day coupons; some vendors might want to establish street booths.
    PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES
    FOR FAMILIES AND LOCAL BUISINESS DEVEVOPMENT

    Tracked Exibits-Displays-Tents & Tables

    Hire a local musical act to entertain and draw people in the spirit of the day's Celebration.

    Host Games And Contests Such As:

  • Train model building
  • Art and Coloring
  • Train-themed cake and cookie decorating
  • Railway Trivia Questions and Answers
  • Raffles prizes
  • Carnaval Fun Rides

    Provide Family and Children Interactive Activities Such As:

  • Dance and Dancing Celebrations
  • Local Native American Pow-Wow
  • Face painting
  • Clowns
  • Local Street Musicans
  • Historical & Present Day Transportation Information
  • Educational lectures and Information Services

    Invite Tracked Exhibites Such As:

  • Private Passenger Railcar
  • Museum Railroads
  • Tourist Railway Services
  • Militaty Railroad Equipment
  • Railroad Equipment Manufacturers
  • Luxuary Train Industry
  • Frieght Railroad Equipment

    Provide Local Business Inter-activities such as:

  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Souvinir and Specility Items
  • Railroad Artifacts Merchandise
  • Greater Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Local and Statewide Business Services
  • Hotel Accommodation Information

    Provide Local & National Transportation Inter-activities such as:

  • Passenger Railroad, Light-rail Information
  • Frieght & Pasckage Express Services
  • Airlines Information
  • Travel and Tourism Agencies Information
  • Bus Transportation Services
  • Local Tour Services

    Provide Local & National Industry Inter-activities such as:

  • Farming Information
  • Local Frieght Services
  • Local Industry Empolyment Opportunies
  • Local Emergency Management Information

  • PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL/HISTORICAL ACTIVITIES
    PRESENT DAY INFORMATION
  • Search out your local train experts, retired railroad personnel, historian or teacher with railroad knowledge and invite them to tell their stories or make a presentation.

  • Contact your local library to see if they would be willing to participate in a train-themed storytelling time for kids, reading famous train stories such as The Polar Express, The Boxcar Children or Thomas the Tank Engine.

  • Create visual displays of train history timeliness or interesting train facts.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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  • National Train Day
  • Seattle Train Day Event
  • Washington State Train Day Events
  • National Railway Festival Guide
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  • "CREATE RESOLUTION SPECIFIC TO YOUR COMMUNITY"

    WHEREAS, the United States of America has made a considerable financial commitment to expanding the nation’s high-speed and intercity passenger rail (HSIPR) network, appropriating $4 billion in FY-09 for both state corridor development efforts and Amtrak state of good repair investments in the FY-10 Consolidated Appropriations Act; and

    WHEREAS, the President and Vice-President announced in January 2010 an additional $8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awards for 13 corridors in 31 states. (YOUR STATE) being granted (YOUR STATE FUNDING) million for (YOUR COMMUNITY) High Speed Rail Services including public and private funds being awarded to (YOUR COMMUNITY) Station Renovation Project as historical place of interest.

    WHEREAS, the Federal Railroad Administration received applications requesting seven times the available funds for the HSIPR ARRA grants; and

    WHEREAS, developing this pipeline of national high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects will revitalize the domestic manufacturing industry and create additional American jobs building on the one million good-paying, middle-class creating American jobs that can never be off-shored already supported by the rail industry; and

    WHEREAS, Washington State and (YOUR COMMUNITY) ridership on Amtrak and private rail services grew every year from 2000 through 2008, and are on track in 2011 for its best ridership year ever, further demonstrating the increased demand for Washington State intercity passenger rail services; and

    WHEREAS, (YOUR COMMUNITY), (YOUR STATE)is highly populated region for Amtrak Services and Private rail infrastructure carry intercity passengers and (YOUR LOCAL COMMUNTER RAIL) to and (YOUR CITY) Light Rail from work in congested metropolitan areas, providing a reliable rail option while reducing congestion on roads and in the skies; and

    WHEREAS, Amtrak annually provides intercity passenger rail travel to over 25 million Americans residing in 46 states; and

    WHEREAS, for many rail line communities in America, Amtrak represents the only major intercity transportation link to the rest of the country; and

    WHEREAS, (YOUR COMMUNITY), (YOUR STATE) passenger rail provides a more fuel-efficient transportation system thereby providing cleaner transportation alternatives and energy security; and

    WHEREAS, when combined with all modes of transportation, passenger railroads emit only 0.2 percent of the travel industry’s total greenhouse gases and one freight train can move a ton of freight 457 miles on one gallon of fuel; and

    WHEREAS, in the City of (YOUR COMMUNITY), (YOUR STATE), long distance train ridership exceeds (YOUR STATISTIC) passengers, (YOUR INTRASTATE AMTRAK SERVICES ) exceeds (YOUR STATE STATISTICS) passengers, (YOUR STATE)Transit commuter Rail ridership rose (YOUR STATE STATISTICS) and light rail ridership exceeds (YOUR STATE STATISTICS) passengers got on and off the train at (YOUR CITY) Station. Making (YOUR STATE & CITY) (YOUR CITY EVENT THEME) ; and

    WHEREAS, (YOUR COMMUNITY)Railroad Station is a source of civic pride, a gateway to (YOUR STATE) Rail Line Communities and Nations long distance trains, including connecting private rail services, including a tool for economic growth that creates transportation-oriented development and livable rail line communities; and

    WHEREAS, on May 10, 1869 the “golden spike” was driven into the final tie at Promontory Summit, Utah to join the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroads, ceremonially completing the first transcontinental railroad and therefore connecting both coasts of the United States;

    WHEREAS, (YOUR STATE/CITY RAIL HISTORY)

    WHEREAS, (YOUR STATE/CITY RAIL HISTORY).

    WHEREAS, (YOUR STATE/CITY RAIL HISTORY)

    WHEREAS, (YOUR STATE/REGIONAL RAIL HISTORY)

    WHEREAS, (YOUR STATE RAIL?REGIONAL HISTORY)

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of (YOUR COMMUNITY), (YOUR STATE) embraces National Rail Passenger Corporation-Amtrak’s and private railway industry.

    BE IT RESOLVED, that City of (YOUR COMMUNITY) endorse National Train Day 2011; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that City of (YOUR COMMUNITY) recognizes and celebrates the pivotal role that a robust intercity passenger rail system can provide for better mobility for persons of all abilities; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that City of (YOUR COMMUNITY) will hold an event at (YOUR COMMUNITY), with railroad equipment exhibits and displays at specified location under existing local operating railroads for our community to commemorate this momentous day in railroad history and for our community.

    (Amended: 1-16-2011)









    A Washington State Nonprofit Corporation
    UBI 603-026-838    Amendment: 5/6/2011

    NAME OF CORPORATION
    The amended name of the corporation is National Train Day Association.

    EFFECTIVE DATE OF INCORPORATION
    Filed by State of Washington, Secretary of State On 6-21-2010
    Amended: 8-1-2010
    TERM OF EXISTENCE
    The term of existence shall be perpetual.

    PURPOSE FOR WHICH
    THE NONPROFIT CORPORATION IS ORGANIZED

    This Corporation is a nonprofit membership corporation, organized and operated exclusively for railway mutual understandings, scientific, educational, railway organizations, enhancing rail line communities, railway events promotions and contributional organization of rail exhibitions, including charitable purposes as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), including, but not limited to:

    (a) protectingnational Train Day intellectual property consisting of the virtual machine, tools, libraries, and computer language implementations collectively known as “National Train Day Association”;

    (b) cultivating an open source rail line community development in Washington State, railway operations of all kinds and environmental stewardship of trackage right of ways, railway service leadership of complementary tools, libraries, extensions, applications, and computer language implementations;

    (c) offering National Train Day Association to members of the general public through the use of open source licensing;

    (d) educating members of the general public in the application of National Train Day Association;

    (e) advancing National Train Day Association through governmental/Industrial leadership affairs, scientific research, development and mutual understandings of Rail line communities as applied to railway services; and

    (f) Aiding, supporting, and assisting by gifts, grants, contributions, or otherwise, other persons or organizations of any kind, provided that such activities are consistent with the foregoing purposes.

    (g) Aiding, supporting, and assisting by fundraising, acceptance of gifts, grants, contributions, or otherwise, other donations from persons or business cooperational agreements from organizations of any kind, provided that such activities are consistent with the foregoing purposes.

    The Corporation shall have all powers now or hereafter granted by law, and all powers lawfully necessary or required to carry out its purposes, either alone or in cooperation with others, subject to such limitations and conditions as are or may be prescribed by law, or in the Corporation's Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws. All of the purposes and powers of the Corporation shall be exercised exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes in such manner that the Corporation shall qualify as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code, or any successor provision, and that contributions to the Corporation shall be deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Code or any successor provision.

    No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, except as otherwise permitted to an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Code or any successor provision. The Corporation shall not participate in or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.

    Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Articles, the Corporation shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal and state income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code or any successor provision or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Code or any successor provision.

    1 -ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

    No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the Corporation is authorized or empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of its purposes. During the period the Corporation is the beneficial owner of any securities of an issuer with a class of equity security which is registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, no director or officer of the Corporation who is also an officer, director or beneficial owner of more than 10 percent of any class of equity security of such issuer, or any other individual or entity (if securities held by such other individual or entity would be deemed to be beneficially owned by such director or officer for the purposes of Section 16 of such Act) shall directly or indirectly engage in any self-dealing transaction with the Corporation, including any act which would be self-dealing as defined in Code Section 4941(d) if the Corporation were a private foundation as defined in Code Section 509(a) and such director or officer were a disqualified person as defined in Code Section 4946 with respect to the Corporation.

    If this Corporation is or becomes a private foundation within the meaning of Section 509 of the Code, and for as long as such private foundation status continues, the Corporation shall distribute its income for each taxable year at such time and in such manner as not to become subject to the tax on undistributed income imposed by Section 4942 of the Code, and the Corporation shall not

    (i) engage in any act of self-dealing as defined in Section 4941(d) of the Code;

    (ii) retain any excess business holdings as defined in Section 4943(c) of the Code;

    (iii) make any investments in such manner as to subject it to tax under Section 4944 of the Code; or

    (iv) make any taxable expenditures as defined in Section 4945(d) of the Code.

    IN THE EVENT OF A VOLUNTARY DISSOLUTION,
    THE NET ASSETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AS FOLLOWS

    Upon the winding up and dissolution of the Corporation, the assets of the Corporation remaining after payment of or provision for payment of all debts and liabilities of the Corporation shall be distributed to an organization or organizations, as determined by the Board of Directors, that are recognized as exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code or any successor provision, and used exclusively to accomplish the purposes for which this Corporation is organized.

    NAME AND ADDRESS
    WASHINGTON STATE REGISTERED AGENT

    National Train Day Association
    245 High School Road, NW-2
    Bainbridge Island, WA-98110

    NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF EACH INITIAL BOARD DIRECTOR

    Louis Alloin, Chairmen, 245 High School Road, NW-2, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
    Louis Alloin, Treasurer, 245 High School Road, NW-2, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
    Louis Alloin, Secretary, 245 High School Road, NW-2, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110

    2 -ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

    NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF EACH INCORPORATOR

    Louis Alloin, Secretary,
    245 High School Road, NW-2,
    Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
    Email: wsntda@usa.com

    SIGNATURE OF INCORPORATOR

    Dated this 21st of June 2010.
    Louis Alloin, Incorporator

    CONSENT TO SERVE AS REGISTERED AGENT

    The Undersigned Corporation, National Train Day Association, Inc., hereby consents to serve as registered agent in the State of Washington for the above-named corporation. The undersigned understands that as agent for the Corporation, it will be its responsibility to receive service of process in the name of the Corporation, to forward all mail to the Corporation, and immediately to notify the office of the Secretary of State in the event of its resignation or of any change in the registered office address of the Corporation for which the undersigned is agent.

    DATED as of June 21th, 2010.
    Amended 8-1-2010

    National Train Day Association.
    Registered Agent,
    By
    Louis Alloin,
    Protem Secretary

    3 -ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION







    National Train Day Association, Non-Profit Foundation intent and purpose of Association Foundation goal is to support preservation National Train Day Chapters, railroad history and historical railway arts, performing arts, culture, heritage, preservation projects, science & technology innovations, academic scholarships, to promotions and leadership diversity of National Train Day Chapters and railway hisorical preservation.

    National Train Day Association Foundation need your generous support to achieve our outstanding dedications to rail line communities, so we can foster the necesary community commimitments toward National Train Day Chapters, railway preservation and restoration.

    Our Committment is to strengten and support rail line community National Train Day Chapters and historical railway preservation and we hope your gift will allow us to reach out to preserve our rail line community National Train Day Chapters heritage.

    Louis Alloin
    National Train Day Association Foundation Chairmen

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    4 -ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION







    REGISTATION #: 32047

    The information submitted on behalf of National Train Day Association claiming exemption from registration required under Washington Charitble Soliciation Act, RCW 19.09, has received and filed March 6, 2012.

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    [Railroads]
    THE CELEBRATION BEINGS ON THE RAILWAYS

    UNITED STATES CLASS I
    LONG HAUL RAILWAY SERVICES

    Freight and Passenger Railways in the United States are classified according to revenue rather than physical extent. The largest carriers are known as Class I Railroads, which cover a significant portion of the country as long haul railroads.

    Classes II and III, are known as short lines; which operate over extensive regional networks.

  • NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION
    AMTRAK
    AL-AR-AZ-CA-CO-CT-DC-FL-GA-IA-ID-IL-IN-KS-KY-LA-MA-MI-MN-MO-MS-MT-ND
    NE-NJ-NM-NY-NV-OK-OR-SD-TN-TX-UT-WA-WV-VA
    CANADAIAN CONNECTING SERVICES


  • BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE Railway
    AL-AR-AZ-CA-CO-IA-ID-IL-KS-KY-LA-MN-MO-MS-MT-ND-NE-NM-NV-OK-OR-SD-TN
    TX-UT-WA-WI


  • CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY
    DAKOTA, MINNESOTA AND EASTERN
    IOWA, CHICAGO AND EASTERN
    CANADIAN SERVICES DC-DE-IA-IL-MD-MI-MN-MO-ND-NE-NJ-NY-OH-PA-SD-VA-WI-WY
    CONNECTING CANADIAN SERVICES


  • CANADIAN NATIONALN
    CANADIAN SERVICES AL-IA-IL-IN-KY-LA-MI-MN-MO-MS-NE-OH-PA-TN-VT-WI-WY
    CONNECTING CANADIAN SERVICES


  • CONRAIL
    Switching and terminal railroad
    Owned By: CSX and NORFOLK SOUTHERN
    DE-MI-NJ-NY-PA

  • CSX TRANSPORTATION
    AL-CT-DC-DE-FL-GA-IL-IN-KY-LA-MA-MD-MI-MS-NC-NJ-NY-OH-PA-RI-SC-TN-VA-WV
    CONNECTING CANADIAN SERVICES


  • KANASA CITY SOUTHERN
    AL-AR-IL-KS-LA-MO-MS-OK-TN-TX
    THRU CONNECTING MEXICIAN SERVICES


  • NORFOLK SOUTHERN AL-DC-DE-FL-GA-IA-IL-IN-KY-LA-MD-MI-MO-MS-NC-NJ-NY-OH-PA-SC-TN-TX-VA-WV
    CONNECTING CANADIAN SERVICES


  • UNION PACIFIC
    AR-AZ-CA-CO-IA-ID-IL-KS-LA-MN-MO-MT-NE-NM-NV-OK-OR-TN-TX-UT-WA-WI-WY

    UNITED STATES CLASS II
    SHORTLINE RAILWAY SERVICES


  • MONTREAL MAINE AND ATLANTIC RAILWAY
    PROVIDING THRU CONNECTING SERVICES
    ME-VT


  • PAN AM RAILWAYS
    MA-ME-NH
    CONNECTING CANADIAN SERVICES


  • PAN AM SOUTHERN
    CT-MA-NH-NY-VT
    CONNECTING CANADIAN SERVICES
    PATRIOT CORRIDOR
    Joint venture: Pan Am Railways and Norfolk Southern

  • PROVIDENCE AND WORCESTER RAILROAD
    CT-MA-RI-NY

  • WHEELING AND LAKE ERIE RAILWAY
    OH-PA-WV

    UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL CONNECTING
    RAILWAY SERVICES


    NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION
    AMTRAK
    AL-AR-AZ-CA-CO-CT-DC-FL-GA-IA-ID-IL-IN-KS-KY-LA-MA-MI-MN-MO-MS-MT-ND
    NE-NJ-NM-NY-NV-OK-OR-SD-TN-TX-UT-WA-WV-VA
    PROVIDING CANADIAN CONNECTING SERVICES


  • CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY
    DAKOTA, MINNESOTA AND EASTERN
    IOWA, CHICAGO AND EASTERN
    PROVIDING UNITED STATES CONNECTING SERVICES
    DC-DE-IA-IL-MD-MI-MN-MO-ND-NE-NJ-NY-OH-PA-SD-VA-WI-WY


  • CANADIAN NATIONAL
    PROVIDING UNITED STATES CONNECTING SERVICES
    AL-IA-IL-IN-KY-LA-MI-MN-MO-MS-NE-OH-PA-TN-VT-WI-WY


  • CSX TRANSPORTATION
    PROVIDING CANADIAN CONTECTING SERVICES
    AL-CT-DC-DE-FL-GA-IL-IN-KY-LA-MA-MD-MI-MS-NC-NJ-NY-OH-PA-RI-SC-TN-VA-WV


  • KANASA CITY SOUTHERN
    PROVIDING THRU MEXICAN CONNECTING SERVICE
    AL-AR-IL-KS-LA-MO-MS-OK-TN-TX


  • MONTREAL MAINE AND ATLANTIC RAILWAY
    PROVIDING THRU CONNECTING SERVICES
    ME-VT


  • NORFOLK SOUTHERN
    PROVIDING CANADIAN CONTECTING SERVICES
    AL-DC-DE-FL-GA-IA-IL-IN-KY-LA-MD-MI-MO-MS-NC-NJ-NY-OH-PA-SC-TN-TX-VA-WV


  • PAN AM RAILWAYS
    MA-ME-NH
    CONNECTING CANADIAN SERVICES




  • [Members]
    THE CELEBRATION BEINGS ON THE RAILWAYS


    TO OUR MEMBERS and POTENTIAL MEMBERS

    The United States has over 6,000 Rail Line Communities being served by 500 North American Short Line-Regional Freight-Passenger Railroads,12 Class I Long Haul Railroads, which include various passenger rail services in rail line communities. These small and large railway businesses have play a vital role within the overall United State Railway Network. Providing connecting railway services thoughtout the North American Continent, which includes Canada, Mexico, Cenral and South America. The short line-regional and long haul railroads have an extensive history in development of rail line communities focusing on communitiy business innovativative services. Short Line Railways have played a pivotal role in saving rail line community industries and business economy, including prventing rail lines community track and service abandonment, where Class I railroads have failed.

    Short lines and regional railways represent the "rail line community growth" of the community industry, business, travel opportunities and tourism development. Small community based Short Line Railroads have revitalized the future of rail line communities since the 1980 Staggers Rail Act. Short Line Railroads represent 29 percent of the rail traffic miles and 50,000 miles of track owned, maintained and operated by Class II and III rail line community enterprises.

    The Staggers Rail Act Deregulation of Class I Railways transform the rail industry, which allowed Railway Entrepreneurs to acquire low traffic rail community lines and established business plans that encouraged better quality control, improved customers services, innovative marketing flexiblity and most of all "client friendly service". The advantage of rail community based services provided lower operating costs and Cascey Jones "can do attitude" toward being part of rail line commuity economic growth.

    Railway Entrepreneurs made a transitional differnce to rail line community industries by providing employement opportunities, preventing rail line abandonment, and being viable to participate in rail line community small businesses development. The importance of Short Lines, has preserved rail line community rail services and in some cases the Rail Line Community railway entrepreneur seeing oppotunity to increase rail traffic by re-engineering the definition "railway services" that predominantly includes passenger services in urban to rural areas. Rail traffic kept on the rails benefits the entire rail line community to prosper, which improves the performace of industry to be able to relocate to rural or urban rail line communities and have affordable access to new markets.

    The railway community industry has transformed our mind set to utilize a transportation system that changed the world economy on it birth and continues restructure its technology application from steam, electromotive, electro desiel power to Environmental Green Technology of the "Hyrodgen-Locomotive Power". Rail Line Community Short Line Railway Network are benifical freight or passenger feeder systems to higher volume trunk line traffic cores, which has become a model of restructuring rail efficiency for rail line community railways.

    Railway Entrepreneurs are able to market small rail line community railways to become profitably entity that can utilize modern and historical railway equipment, adapted to specialized services, but most of all be: "Community-Oriented" and Competitive In World Market.

    All railways have a stake in rail line communities, from large cities to suburban community to rural America, railway's provides local employment, business opportunities required to operate a railway and railway's increase industry opportunity to relocate along the rail line that satisfy the precise transportation requirements of shippers.

    National Train Day is a celebration our nation's railway systems and our rail line communities that to focuses on past and present, including:

  • Long-haul and Short Line Railways,
  • Regional rail transportation,
  • Low and High Volume Traffic Performace,
  • High Speed Passenger or Frieght Service,
  • Commuter Rail and Light Rail Community Transportion.
  • Steam, Electromotive, Electro-desiel-Motove or Hydrogem-Locomotive,
  • Historical or Specialized Railcar Services,
  • Passenger or Frieght Services National Train Day is a Celebration of the Railway Technology and the American Citizens who participate in the development and continuing efforts to moving freight and passenger that originates or terminates on Class I, II, II Railroads and small rail line community railroads bulit our American Cities and Town..




    [Members]
    THE CELEBRATION BEINGS ON THE RAILWAYS



    RAIL LINE COMMUNITY RAILROAD
    THE ROLE IN AMERICA

    National Train Day Celebrates thousands of shippers who use the American Railways, in thousands of towns across the nation, from small and large American Railways each day to making the connection to markets all over the globe.

    National Train Day Celebrates millions of citizens who use the American Railway each day in thousands of towns across the nation, from small and large railways that provide the initial morning transportation to work.

    National Train Day Celebrates hundreds of thousands of citizens who use the American Railway each day in thousands of towns across the nation, from small and large railways that provide the initial vaction transportation to rail line communities accross our nation.

    The America Railway can be viewed as an "opportunity" to dicover rail line communities. The American Passenger Railway meet you at station and take you to your destination in relaxing comfort, weather having morning coofee before work or enjoying a dinning before retiring to your room.

    The American Railway stops by where you work, picking up your industry's commodities like, process food, new automobles,express packages from fedex, ups, roadway; including rae materials from local farms, mines and forest pruducts. Often start the rail journeys from your rail line community, on a small community railway where the Railway Entrepreneurs and employees are on first name basis with everyone in town.

    The American Railway are also involved in restoring and preservation of historical railways and equipment, providing steeam train excurison accoss america, commuter rail services, light rail travel to work, strretcar to have lunch and national access to over 500 American Rail Line communities.

    The American Railway also provide intermodal frieght service and transfer facilities in many areas, including diversified warehousing, storage and other value-added services in order to meet shipper requirements.

    National Train Day plays an important role in the rail line community acknowledgement of our American Heritage of Railway Industry and Services, throughtout our Nation, opportunities provided to our citizens.

    National Train Day provide education, transfer of information, public understanding of roles the railways played thoughtout American History of our country and provide railway exhibits that most American citizens would near see in a life time.

    The American Railway can help bypass transportation congested areas to keep passenger and freight moving. In America over 50,000 miles of railway lines are underutilized asset or are closed/abandon waiting for reconstruction to lost rail line communities, can offers opportunities for future growth in America.

    Sincerely,

    Louis Alloin.
    National Train Day Association,
    Pro-Tem Chairman Date: 2-15-2011


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    Senator Frank Lautenberg
    Senate Resolution To Celebrate National Train Day
    May 9, 2008

    Rep. Corrine Brown
    Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    111th Congress, 2nd Session
    May 05, 2010

    State Rail Coalition
    Marks Celebration of National Train Day
    May 07, 2010

    Why America Needs Trains
    Vice President of the United States
    Joe Biden
    January 5, 2010

    Senate Resolution 125 [111th]
    Support and Recognition
    National Train Day
    May 9, 2009

    Senate Resolution 517 [111th]
    Resolution and Recognition
    National Train Day
    May 8, 2010


    New York Senate J5087-2009
    Recognizing National Train Day

    Resolution N0. P/265/19
    Rensselaer County. NY
    Recognizing National Train Day

    Fort Worth, Dallas, TX
    Recognize National Train Day

    Seattle, Washington
    National Train Day Proclamation
    Written By Louis Alloin
    June 3, 2006 Revised: 1-3-2011
    Seattle, Washington
    National Train Day Recognition
    Written By Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn
    March 2011
    Centralia, Washington
    National Train Day Recognition
    Written By Centralia Mayor Harlan Thompson
    May 8, 2010






    NATIONAL TRAIN DAY RESOLUTION HISTORY
    Text of Legislation
    HRES 367 IH 111th CONGRESS/1st Session


    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    Supporting the goals and ideals of National Train Day.
    H. RES. 367
    April 27, 2009

    NATIONAL TRAIN DAY RESOLUTION
    Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida
    (for herself, Mr. CASTLE, Ms. NORTON, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, and Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD)
    submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


    Whereas in May 1869, the ‘golden spike’ was driven into the final tie at Promontory Summit, Utah, to join the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroads, ceremonially completing the first transcontinental railroad and therefore connecting both coasts of the United States;

    Whereas in highly populated regions Amtrak trains and infrastructure carry commuters to and from work in congested metropolitan areas providing a reliable rail option, reducing congestion on roads and in the skies;

    Whereas for many rural Americans, Amtrak represents the only major intercity transportation link to the rest of the country;

    Whereaspassenger trains provide a more fuel-efficient transportation system thereby providing cleaner transportation alternatives and energy security;

    Whereasintercity passenger rail was 18 percent more energy efficient than airplanes and 25 percent more energy efficient than automobiles on a per-passenger-mile basis in 2006;

    Whereas Amtrakannually provides intercity passenger rail travel to over 25,000,000 Americans residing in 46 States;

    Whereasan increasing number of people are using trains for travel purposes beyond commuting to and from work;

    Whereascommunity railroad stations are a source of civic pride, a gateway to over 500 of our Nation’s communities, and a tool for economic growth; and

    Whereas Amtrak has designated May 9, 2009, as National Train Day to celebrate the way trains connect people and places: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

    (1) recognizes the contribution trains make to the national transportation system;

    (2) urges the people of the United States to recognize such a day as an opportunity to learn more about trains; and

    (3) supports the goals and ideals of National Train Day as designated by Amtrak.







    Reid Celebrates National Train Day
    May 7, 2010

    Washington, D.C. Nevada Senator Harry Reid today made the following statement in celebration of National Train Day Saturday, May 8, 2010.

    “During the 19th century, trains became the major mode of transportation that made America's development possible. The use of trains played an integral role in the boom of Nevada’s mining and tourism industries. Today, railways remain an important part of our economy and will contribute to our future success. Evidence of that impact will be seen later this year, when the DesertXpress high-speed rail project will break ground and connect Las Vegas with California's high-speed rail system. The construction and maintenance of this project will help put more Nevadans back to work, strengthen our economy and speed our economy into the future.”

    The 2nd annual National Train Day marks the 140th anniversary of the completion of America’s first transcontinental railroad and celebrates the importance of trains as an efficient, affordable, environmentally friendly means of transportation. The events are held nationwide in some of America’s major cities and feature model train displays, museum exhibits and educational programs for visitors.

    National Train Day 2010 will be celebrated with events in Reno. Please visit: National Train Dayfor details.






    Lautenberg Introduces Senate Resolution
    To Celebrate National Train Day
    May 9, 2008

    WASHINGTON, DC Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced a bipartisan resolution to celebrate Amtrak’s first annual National Train Day. The resolution, joined by 20 co-sponsors, raises awareness about the critical and growing role that passenger rail plays in serving America’s daily travel needs.

    “With skyrocketing gas prices and long lines at the airports, record numbers of passengers are choosing to travel by train,” Sen. Lautenberg said. “Train travel is not just easy and convenient, it’s energy-efficient, protects our environment and reduces our reliance on foreign oil. I hope Americans from across the country celebrate National Train Day and learn more about the benefits of passenger rail.”

    For fiscal year 2007, a record 25.8 million passengers rode Amtrak, an increase of 1.5 million passengers over fiscal year 2006. With the increased congestion in the nation’s airports and on its highways, passenger rail is a vital alternative for intercity travel throughout the country. Amtrak trains are also more 17 percent more energy-efficient than airlines and 21 percent more than cars and truck, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, which helps preserve our environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    “The vital role rail plays in our nation’s transportation system is becoming increasingly more evident with ridership at record levels,” said Amtrak President & CEO Alex Kummant. “From our nation’s smallest towns to its largest cities, more and more Americans are choosing to travel by train.”

    Amtrak designed National Train Day to inform more Americans about the vital role of passenger rail in our nation’s transportation system. Six weeks of events, promotions and advertising are culminating on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at the railroad’s largest stations—Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles—along with events in more than eighty communities.

    Last October, the Senate overwhelmingly passed an $11.4 billion bill introduced by Sen. Lautenberg and former Senator Trent Lott to fully fund Amtrak and modernize and expand the U.S. passenger rail system. The bipartisan Lautenberg-Lott plan would authorize infrastructure improvements and the expansion of rail routes into new American towns and cities over the next six years. The bill is now being considered by the House of Representatives.






    Rep. Corrine Brown
    Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    May 05, 2010, 111th Congress, 2nd Session


    FLOOR SITUATION

    H.Res. 1301 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) on April 27, 2010.

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    H.Res. 1301 would resolve that the House of Representatives:

  • "Recognizes the contribution trains make to the national transportation system;
  • "Urges the people of the United States to recognize such a day as an opportunity to learn more about trains; and
  • "Supports the goals and ideals of National Train Day as designated by Amtrak."

    BACKGROUND

    According to the resolution's findings, Amtrak has designated May 8, 2010, as National Train Day to celebrate the way trains connect people and places. Member's may be concerned with a number of the resolution's findings, including assertions that "national high-speed and intercity passenger rail ready-to-go and future projects will revitalize the domestic manufacturing industry and create additional jobs" and "Amtrak trains and infrastructure carry intercity passengers and commuters to and from work in congested metropolitan areas, providing a reliable rail option while reducing congestion on roads and in the skies."

    Amtrak is a program that has repeatedly failed to be competitive and continues to need federal subsidies to cover operating losses and capital costs. For instance, Amtrak lost an average of $32 per passenger in 2008. The so-called "stimulus" bill contained $1.3 billion for Amtrak and the FY 2010 omnibus contained an additional $1.5 billion in funding to supplement the losses of the government-supported transit company. However, some Members may be concerned that while funding is consistently increased, measures to make Amtrak more cost efficient are often ignored. Last year, for instance, a House amendment prohibiting Amtrak funds from being used to provide free alcohol was even stripped out of the FY 2010 omnibus






  • Resolution N0. P/265/19
    RENSSELAER COUNTY RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING
    NATIONAL TRAIN DAY
    MAY 8, 2010


    WHEREAS, On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah, the “goldenspike" was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the CentralPacific and Union Pacific railways, ceremonially creating the nation’s first transcontinental railroad and America was then transformed;

    WHEREAS, Suddenly, the country was united in a way it never had beenand train travel sparked imaginations in small towns and cities, amongfolks who desired adventure and businessmen who saw fortunes to be made.It heralded the arrival of mail, supplies and change;

    WHEREAS, The train station became a focal point of every community,from New York City's Pennsylvania Station to the tiny stations that dottedrural America;

    WHEREAS, The train became more than the go»to mode of transportationfor people and goods. It was a proud achievement of engineering vision,technical ingenuity' and sweat; railways provided. jobs for thousands ofAmericans;

    WHEREAS, Now, 139 years after the golden spike connected east andwest, there's never been a better time to take the train. At a time whenwe all share the same pressing concerns about ecology and energyconservation, trains are a more energy~efficient mode of travel thanvehicles or airplanes;

    WHEREAS, Riding the rails is a great way to meet interesting peopleand see breathtaking scenery; now, therefore, be it

    RESOLVED, The Rensselaer County Legislature does hereby recognize May 8, 2010 as the third annual National Train Day.Resolution

    ADOPTED by the following vote: Ayes-19, Nays-O, Abstain-O, May 11, 2010






    State Rail Coalition
    Marks Celebration of National Train Day
    May 07, 2010


    States for Passenger Rail Coalition Chairman and Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Frank Busalacchi today applauded the 3rd annual celebration of National Train Day on May 8, 2010.

    “Passenger trains are widely regarded as an efficient way to move people in all parts of America. Trains are energy-efficient, pollute less than other transportation modes, and help ease highway and airline congestion.” .“National Train Day is an important opportunity to mark the valuable role trains play in our national transportation system,” Busalacchi said. “Passenger trains are widely regarded as an efficient way to move people in all parts of America. Trains are energy-efficient, pollute less than other transportation modes, and help ease highway and airline congestion.”

    Busalacchi noted the demand for passenger rail is growing with people boarding trains in record numbers. Amtrak recently announced it is on pace to break its annual ridership record carrying over 13.6 million passengers during the first six months of fiscal year 2010 with the busy summer travel season still ahead.

    “While we celebrate National Train Day, we must also remember that the future of passenger rail service in America depends on stable and strong funding from Washington,” Busalacchi said. “President Obama and Congressional leaders have made great progress in stepping up the federal commitment to passenger rail. The challenge now is to make sure that commitment continues into the future.”

    Busalacchi said the members of the States of Passenger Rail Coalition, representing transportation agencies in 31 states, will continue their bi-partisan effort to support intercity passenger rail initiatives and work to achieve sustained and dedicated funding for projects.

    National Train Day commemorates the day the “golden spike” was driven into the final railroad tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, creating the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. That spike was driven in 1869 in Promontory Summit, Utah.

    Contacts Inquiries To: Boffa and Associates
  • John Boffa, 202-234-5758
  • Peg Schmitt, 608-266-7744





  • Why America Needs Trains
    Vice President of the United States of America
    Joe Biden
    January 5, 2010


    This article first appeared in Arrive Magazine Jan-Feb 2010.

    One of the Capitol Hill newspapers estimated that I've taken more than 7,000 round trips on Amtrak over the course of my career. But the one I made on Jan. 17, 2009 was a bit different. When I got there, there were 8,000 people standing in the freezing cold. And I wasn't racing to reach the 7:46 a.m. Metroliner (later, the Acela) that I had taken thousands of times before.

    I was meeting up with the train that would carry President Obama and me to our inauguration.

    That day, Gregg Weaver, a conductor who started riding Amtrak the same year I did--1972--introduced me to the crowd. As Gregg spoke, it struck me that over the years, Amtrak provided me with more than a way to get to Washington to serve the people of Delaware every morning and a way to get home to my family each night. It has provided me another family entirely--a community of dedicated professionals who have shared the milestones in my life, and who have allowed me to share the milestones in theirs.

    And it has provided me with one thing more, an understanding of--and a respect for--the role of rail travel in our society and our economy.

    Though I don't get to ride the train nearly as much anymore, those were the lessons I brought with me on that final trip to Washington as a United States Senator.

    I began making the 110-mile commute shortly after I was sworn in as a Senator. It was the only way that I could have been a Senator at all. I had to be able to get home to spend evenings with my two sons after we lost their mother and sister in an auto accident a month earlier.

    Since then, on those many trips down to Washington, I got into a routine. From Wilmington to Baltimore I'd read the papers and make phone calls. At Baltimore, I'd start preparing for that day's hearings, amending my opening statement or going through the list of witnesses. And by the time I arrived in D.C., I'd be ready to jump right in.

    Getting home was sometimes a sprint, too. One year, on my birthday, my daughter had planned a party for me. She really wanted to give me a gift and blow out candles. Senator Bob Dole was the Majority Leader at the time, and we were voting that night. I told him that I really had to be home for my daughter, which meant that I needed to catch the 5:54 p.m. train. Senator Dole backed up the votes until 9 p.m. I boarded the train and, in Wilmington, my daughter was standing there on the middle platform. She and my wife sang "Happy Birthday," I blew out the candle, took a piece of cake, opened her gift, gave her a kiss, and caught the 7:23 p.m. going south--and managed to be there for the 9 p.m. vote.

    Amtrak doesn't just carry us from one place to another--it makes things possible that otherwise wouldn't be. For 36 years, I was able to make most of those birthday parties, to get home to read bedtime stories, to cheer for my children at their soccer games. Simply put, Amtrak gave me--and countless other Americans--more time with my family. That's worth immeasurably more to me than the fare printed on the ticket.

    When I took the train every night--and I still do whenever possible--I always noticed the lights on in the houses flickering in the passing neighborhoods, dotting the landscape speeding by my window. Moms and dads were at their kitchen table, talking after they put their kids to bed. Like Americans everywhere, they were asking questions as profound as they are ordinary: Should Mom move in with us now that Dad is gone? How are we going to pay the heating bills? Did you hear the company may be cutting our health care? Now that we owe more on the house than it's worth, how are we going to send the kids to college? How are we going be able to retire?

    I would look out the window and hear their questions, feel their pain. And every time I made that trip, it would inspire me to get up the next day, head back down to Washington, and give them the answers they're looking for. Those moments looking out the window and seeing the lights on, they told me things that the briefing folders in front of me never could. They gave color and meaning to the problems I've spent my career trying to solve. They reminded me why I made that trip back and forth 7,000 times.

    But my support for rail travel goes beyond the emotional connection. With delays at our airports and congestion on our roads becoming increasingly ubiquitous, volatile fuel prices, increased environmental awareness, and a need for transportation links between growing communities, rail travel is more important to America than ever before.

    Support for Amtrak must be strong--not because it is a cherished American institution, which it is--but because it is a powerful and indispensable way to carry us all into a leaner, cleaner, greener 21st century.

    Consider that if you shut down Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, it is estimated that to compensate for the loss, you'd have to add seven new lanes of highway to Interstate 95. When you consider that it costs an average of $30 million for one linear mile of one lane of highway, you see what a sound investment rail travel is. And that's before you factor in the environmental benefits of keeping millions and millions of cars off the road.

    In 1830, the first steam-engine locomotive, the Tom Thumb, graced America's railways. Its first run was a rickety 13-mile trek from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills, Md., but it became much more than that. It marked the beginning of a new journey, heading straight into a better, more imaginative American future.

    We are on a similar journey now. We are at the dawn of a new age, where the very best ideas of today will shape our tomorrow, where renewable clean energy and new transportation systems and more efficient technology will revolutionize American life the way the Tom Thumb did some 180 years ago.

    On Jan. 20, 2009, pulling out of the Wilmington train station, embarking on that same short trip I made thousands of times before, I thought again about the journey America was about to take as a nation. And I saw our future the same way I always did: looking out Amtrak's windows.


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