Youth Passenger Citizenship Award
This award is given on occasion to students and young people who demonstrate exceptional leadership, initiative, or passion in making meaningful improvements in the train travel experience or in citizen advocacy for an expanded and improved passenger train network.
Recipients of Youth Passenger Citizenship Award
2013 - Purdue Student Government
The Purdue Student Senate passed a resolution in September urging the state to pick up the cost of running the four-day-a-week train after federal funding stopped in October. The state and communities along the route reached agreement with Amtrak to continue the service for 12 to 16 months. Micah Matlock, Purdue Student Government’s Secretary, prepared a power point presentation and unveiled it at the Amtrak Summit at Faith Community Center in Lafayette. He struck a chord with high profile representatives and mayors that attended the summit, including State Representative Randy Truitt of Indiana whose district includes Lafayette.
2006 - Dr. Helen Hudson's Crawfordsville (Indiana) High School English Class
For cleaning, refurbishing and landscaping the Crawfordsville Amtrak station, and for promoting rail travel in their community with letters to the editor and public presentations.
1998 - Trey Davis
For his tireless advocacy that resulted in the preservation of the 1904-built Amtrak station in downtown Spartanburg, which was damaged by a fire in 1996. Norfolk Southern was going to tear down the station, but Davis convinced the City Council to purchase and restore the depot, which they did by unanimous vote on Sept. 15, 1997.
"It is an honor to be recognized by the Rail Passengers Association for my efforts to strengthen and expand America’s passenger rail. Golden spikes were once used by railroads to mark the completion of important rail projects, so I am truly grateful to receive the Golden Spike Award as a way to mark the end of a career that I’ve spent fighting to invest in our country’s rail system. As Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, it has been my priority to bolster funding for Amtrak, increase and expand routes, look to the future by supporting high-speed projects, and improve safety, culminating in $66 billion in new funding in the Bipartisan infrastructure Law."
Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
March 30, 2022, on receiving the Association's Golden Spike Award for his years of dedication and commitment to passenger rail.