Web Site Contents
About our organization
Reports and articles
Make your voice heard in Washington
Manassas Ry. Festival
VARP founder dies
2015 meeting highlights
Protecting Va. Amtrak trains
Other featured items

Cardinal campaign
Crowded Trains Require Courtesy
Long-distance coach travel tips
The Virginia Light Rail Symposium presentations are on the Virginians for High Speed Rail website
Let Modern Intermodal Trains Remove Truck Traffic from I-81
Station reports
Current rail passenger service in the Virginias
A future for rail passenger service in the Virginias
Join us
Annual Meeting Highlights
VRE fare increases
Rail Service
Maryland Rail Commuter
Virginia Railway Express
Washington Metro
Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation
BikeWalk Virginia
Coalition for Smarter Growth
Dulles Corridor Rail Association
Light Rail Now
MARC Alliance
Metro Riders
National Association of Railroad Passengers
Rail Solution
Steel Interstate Coalition
Transportation for America
Virginia Clean Air Assn.
Virginians for High Speed Rail
All Kinds of Rail Links
Contact Us
Michael L. Testerman
P.O. Box 867
Richmond VA 23218
Steve Dunham
Chairman and webmaster
Virginia Association of Railway Patrons
Modern Transportation for the Virginias

A Virginia Railway Express MP-36 diesel locomotive
Photo by Michael Testerman

Upcoming Events

Manassas Railway Festival

VARP will have a display at the Manassas Railway Festival on Saturday, June 6.

VARP founder dies

John Czyzewski, VARP’s founder, died March 31, age 70. Beginning in about 1979, John organized an ad hoc group of Virginia and West Virginia NARP members into what would become the Virginia Association of Railway Patrons. John wrote the by-laws and filed the articles of incorporation with the Virginia State Corporation Commission around 1980. For the next two decades he served as chairman of the board.

Protecting Virginia Amtrak trains

Thank you for helping defeat Va. House Bill 2275

Virginia House Bill 2275 would have allowed the Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund, which pays for regional Amtrak trains in Virginia, to pay for Virginia Railway Express commuter rail operations too, reducing the money available to pay for Amtrak intercity operations in the state. VARP opposed this bill. This bill was flawed because it would have taken money from intercity Amtrak service and given it to Virginia Railway Express. Both intercity and commuter rail service need sufficient funding to perform well and grow.

The Virginians for High Speed Rail coordinated a campaign opposing the bill and received a huge response.

About our organization

Welcome to VARP’s station on the World Wide Web.

The Virginia Association of Railway Patrons is a nonprofit, tax-exempt membership organization working to promote expanded rail service in Virginia and West Virginia. Donations are tax-deductible.

VARP’s mission and membership information

A Future for Rail Passenger Service in the Virginias

VARP membership application form