The National Association of Railroad Passengers held its annual northeast meeting in Boston on Saturday with NNEPRA Executive Director Patricia Quinn delivering the keynote address. Ms. Quinn praised the public/private/government partnerships which have enabled the Downeaster to thrive. Various reports from northeast rail organizations were presented thorughout the day.
Christoper Parker of the Vermont Rail Action Network informed the 100-person gathering how community action saved the Amtrak Ethan Allen from elimination. His organization's accomplishment was warmly applauded. Trainriders/Northeast Chairman Wayne Davis emphasized how building a consensus among various constituencies was the primary function of any effective grassroots organization.
A video of the event is now available on the Trainriders/Northeast website.