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"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!
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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.
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NATIONAL TRAIN DAY
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 DayMay 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:
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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 BrownTransportation and Infrastructure Committee
May 05, 2010, 111th Congress, 2nd Session
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.
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."
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.
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Why America Needs Trains
Vice President of the United States of America
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.