Press Release

Coalition Files “Friend of Court” Brief Defending Passenger Rights

Washington, D.C.— The Environmental Law & Policy Center, the National Association of Railroad Passengers, All Aboard Ohio, and Virginians for High Speed Rail have filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could prove pivotal in eliminating delays that are leaving passengers stopped on the track and stranded at the station. 

The brief argues for the reversal of a judgment issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals – D.C. Circuit. That judgment struck down a provision of the 2008 rail reauthorization bill that instructed the Federal Railroad Administration and Amtrak—consulting with the Surface Transportation Board, freight railroads, states, rail labor, and rail passenger organizations—to develop metrics and minimum standards for measuring Amtrak passenger train performance and service quality. 

Moreover, the NARP also announced a new tool to combat the growing plague of passenger train delays.  Rail passengers are encouraged to be part of an e-mail or text message campaign to directly notify their Congressional Representatives or Senators to protest the delay of their Amtrak train while they are on the train.

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For more info on the new NARP reporting tool go to: www.narprail.org