Posts Tagged ‘rail advocacy groups’

All Board Ohio Sets Meetings in Columbus, Cleveland

August 30, 2019

All Board Ohio will hold its fall meeting on Sept. 28 in Columbus and hear seven presentations related to public transportation and rail history.

The rail passenger advocacy group will meet between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission office at 111 Liberty Street.

Presentation include: Thea Walsh/Dina Lopez, MORPC planning team, providing an update on Pittsburgh-Columbus-Chicago Rapid Speed Transportation Initiative; Matt Dietrich, executive director, Ohio Rail Development Commission, providing an update on State of Ohio rail plans and projects; Laura Kliewer, executive director, Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission, providing an update on Midwest passenger rail projects and regional rail plan; Joanna Pinkerton, CEO, Central Ohio Transit Authority, discussing long-range plans and projects;  Josh Lapp, president, Transit Columbus, discussing the local transit levy initiative; and Stu Nicholson and  Larry Robertson, All Aboard Ohio, giving a brief history of passenger rail service in Columbus.

The event is open to the public, but registration is required and must be completed by Sept. 24.

Tickets are $25 for AAO members and $35 for non-members, which includes a 2020 AAO membership.

The ticket price also includes refreshments and a box lunch. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. and the programs begin at 10 a.m.

Tickets can be ordered from All Aboard Ohio, 230 W. Huron Road, #85.53, Cleveland, OH 44113.

Information is available at or by calling 844-464-7245.

AAO will host a Cleveland area meeting on Sept. 14 between 10 a.m. and noon at the  Sustainable Cleveland Center, located on the third level above the food court at Tower City Center.

Topics to be discussed include projects/plans for Federal Railroad Administration grant applications, Amtrak service issues, and Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority projects/issues.

Contact Ken Prendergast at 216-288-4883 for more information.

NARP Rebrands Itself With New Name, New Look

December 1, 2017

As part of its efforts to rebrand itself, the National Association of Railroad passengers has rolled out a new name and new looks for its website and monthly newsletter.

Now known as the Rail Passengers Association, the group has adopted a logo featuring a stylized passenger car window.

For now the new website can be reached at the old address of but it can also accessed at

The new name and look were first revealed to the group’s members at its 50th anniversary celebration event held in Chicago in early November.

In a news release, the RPA said its new look will herald “a new age for advocacy for rail passengers in North America.”

RPA also has moved to a larger headquarters office in Washington.

The RPA logo is a landscape-oriented rectangle with two slanted lines in its lower left corner.

RPA said the image “allows the organization to highlight scenes riders would see from their train seat by adding different pictures and photos inside the window.”

RPA head Jim Matthews said the design also allows the group “to show a mix of cityscapes and landscapes inside the rectangle of the logo to create a view out of the imagined window.

“We can even use animation and movement to take advantage of the social media and web-based platforms where we advocate for rail riders. And, we can highlight regional differences and issues that we care about.”

Founded in 1967 as a non-profit organization, the official name of the group remains National Association of Railroad Passengers.

AAO Newsletters Archived Online

October 15, 2016

The rail passenger advocacy group All Aboard Ohio recently completed a project to scan and post on its website all back issues of its newsletter.

The website address is

aaoThe newsletters can be found by clicking on the “Library” tab and then clicking on “AAO/OARP Newsletters (1974-present).”

Although founded in 1973, the group did not publish its first newsletter until spring 1974.

At the time the group was known as the Ohio Association of Railroad Passengers and its newsletter was named The 6.53. It has since been renamed The Ohio Passenger Rail News.

The archive presents an overview of Amtrak history of much of its history, particularly about trains that served Ohio.

In its newsletter, AAO noted that the newsletter archive also documents the history of the non-profit rail advocacy organization as well as changes in Ohio rail transportation.

Text of the newsletters was scanned with an optical character reader, thus making them searchable via Google. Text can also be copied and pasted digitally into other documents.

In looking back on more than 40 years of chronicling the rail passenger scene in Ohio, AAO commented: “While much of the news, especially on the political side, was disheartening, the newsletters reveal a lot of behind-the-scenes machinations of why events played out as they did.

“Some of OARP’s defeats were cases of bad timing while others were the result of interests seeking to protect the status quo. But there also were successes in saving, improving or restoring rail services and stations. Most evident from these nearly 200 newsletters (and counting!) is that OARP, later doing business as All Aboard Ohio, has never given up the fight for better trains and transit for Ohioans.”

The newsletters have a series of editors over time including Tom Pulsifer, Ron Bergen, Ken Wilt, Stu Nicholson and Ken Prendergast.

Many of the archived publications were donated by past-Chairman Bill Hutchison.