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Michael L. Testerman
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Richmond VA 23218
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A Virginia Railway Express MP-36 diesel locomotive
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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

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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.

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