Virginia Association of Railway Patrons
Modern Transportation for the Virginias
VARP Endorses Gateway Funding
On July 10, 2015, VARP sent a letter to the congressional delegations of Virginia and West Virginia endorsing federal funding of the Amtrak trans-Hudson Gateway project. Please send a similar message to your Representative and Senators.
Although VARP has requested a special appropriation for this capital project of national significance, you may also be interested in a White House petition asking that the Federal Railroad Administration lend Amtrak the money to begin the Gateway project right away.
2016 annual meeting in Williamsburg
VARP will hold its annual meeting in Williamsburg, Va., on Saturday, March 5.
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.