Take The Pledge!
March 19, 2020
Rail Passengers Call To Action! Pledge to take part in our Virtual Day on the Hill.
TAKE OUR VIRTUAL ADVOCACY PLEDGE
As you may have read last week, due to the current COVID-19 outbreak across the nation, the Rail Passengers Association made the decision to delay our annual spring meeting until late-June.
However, the legislative gears are still rapidly turning in Washington, D.C., and we’re still working every day for a bigger and better passenger rail system. With that in mind, we will be going ahead with our plans for the Passenger Rail Day on the Hill to be more “virtual”.
This is where we need your help! We are asking you to take the pledge to join us on Tuesday, March 31 to call your members of Congress - or even schedule a future meeting with staffers at your local district offices - to ask for more investment in passenger trains.
We’ll provide you with specific requests for:
- Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations: House and Senate appropriators are currently considering spending levels for Amtrak, passenger rail grant programs, and transit. It’s important that they hear from passengers about the pressing needs of Amtrak and transit systems.
- Surface Transportation Reauthorization Blueprint: Congress is drafting a bill that will control passenger rail funding and policy over the next five years, and shape the passenger rail network for decades.
- Infrastructure/Stimulus Bill: With a flagging economy, leaders in both the Senate and the House are discussing using an infrastructure bill to revitalize our economy, and we need to make sure rail is part of the conversation. This will be even more important with news coming that travelers across the country are canceling their travel plans, causing a sharp drop in Amtrak and airline revenues.
"The COVID Pandemic has been and continues to be the biggest challenge faced by Americans as it has taken a deadly toll on the world and on the world’s economies. During COVID Locomotive Engineers at Amtrak and other Passenger and Freight Railroads have embodied the definition of essential workers. This dedication by our members is not new. We applaud the Rail Passenger’s Association for recognizing the vital contributions of our members and their hard work moving Americans and freight during the COVID pandemic."
Dennis Pierce, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) National President
December 21, 2021, on the Association awarding its 2021 Golden Spike Award to the Frontline Amtrak Employees.