Invitation to Attend Rail Advocates Meeting

22 Feb 2016 

To passenger rail advocates in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania,

We are writing to invite you to the annual regional meeting for the states of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. This will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2013, 1:00-4:30 p.m. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. The location will be Zion Lutheran Church, 15 South 4th St., in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ( ). A hot buffet lunch will be served.   We will have a program that is relevant both to the immediate and long-term issues that face us. We will have three presentations that I know will be interesting and informative.

We are putting together a program that should be of interest to all passenger rail advocates. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Meredith Roberts, the Chairperson of Cville Rail. Cville Rail, along with its partners in the Piedmont Rail Coalition, spearheaded the successful effort add a frequency in the Washington-Lynchburg rail corridor. The added train has been recognized by Amtrak as its best-performing state-supported train in terms of cost recovery. Mayor Ed Pawlowski of Allentown will also be peaking about his community’s efforts to reestablish passenger rail service. We also expect to have a speaker from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to talk about PennDOT’s passenger rail support.

In addition to these speakers, Jim Mathews, the President and CEO of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, will offer his perspective on passenger rail advocacy. We will also hear reports from local rail passenger organizations in the states of New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, such as NJARP, DVARP and WPPR.

Time will be provided for questions, discussion, and the exchange of ideas.

Here is another reason to make the trip to the Harrisburg. The Thirtieth Annual Harrisburg Railroad Show & Collectors Market will also be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. This will be held at the Middletown First Church of God, in Middletown, PA, which is near Harrisburg. In connection with this event, the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) will be opening up the Harris Tower to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This was used to control the movement of trains in downtown Harrisburg from 1930 to 1991. It is located at the corner of 7th and Walnut Streets (across from The Forum) in downtown Harrisburg, about seven blocks from Zion Lutheran Church, where our NARP regional meeting will be held.   The link to more information is here:

Please contact Michael if you have any questions: e-mail:, 412-417-9457 (c).


Best wishes,

Ken Joseph and Michael Alexander

members, Council of Representatives, NARP

1831 Murray Ave.

Suite #217

Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1656

412-417-9457 (c)