Attend the Rail Passengers Association Northwest Rail Conference in Cut Bank, Montana May 18, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THURS. MARCH 28, 2019

Contacts: Barry E. Green, RPA Council Rep. (Montana)

(Also Covering RPA Members in Idaho and North Dakota

(406)-939-3059 (Cell) – [email protected] (Email)

Mark Meyer, RPA Council Rep. At Large

(817)-480-5385 (Cell) - [email protected] (Email)

Rail Passengers Association (RPA) NW Division Annual Membership Meeting to be Held at the Elks Lodge – 18 S. Central Ave. – Cut Bank, MT

Glendive, MT – RPA members from MT, ID, AK, WA, and OR, along with other passenger rail advocates will hold their annual passenger rail conference/membership meeting at the Elks Lodge in Cut Bank, MT on Sat. May 18, 2019 from 11:30am to 5pm. The meeting theme consists of the following topics:

"The Importance of Amtrak's Long-Distance Trains"

"The Empire Builder – 90 Years of Operation"

"The Future of the FAST Act Surface Transportation Bill That Expires in 2020"

Featured Speakers/Guests Include:

* - U. S. Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT-At Large) – Washington, DC

* - MT State Rep., Mr. Jacob Bachmeier (D) – HD 28 – Havre, MT

* - Ms. Alison Vergeront, MT Field Rep. for U. S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) – Great Falls, MT

* - Ms. Cheryl Ulmer, Regional Dir. for U. S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) – Great Falls, MT

* - Ms. Amanda Casey, MT Field Rep. for U. S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) – Butte, MT

* - Mr. Jim Mathews, RPA President & CEO – Washington, DC

* - Mr. Ric Beals, President – Chamber of Commerce – Cut Bank, MT\

* - Ms. Cindy Stone, Mgr. of Passenger Train Operations, BNSF Railway – Ft. Worth, TX

* - BNSF Railway/Montana Div. Rep. – Whitefish, MT

Program Topics Include:

* - Importance of Amtrak's Intercity Network Trains to Rural America

* - The Empire Builder's 90th Anniversary (June 2019)

* - 2020 Reauthorization of the FAST Act Surface Transportation Bill Which Includes the
American Passenger Rail System

Meeting Registration Details Can be Found at:

(https://www.aawa.us/events/rpa-nw-division-meeting-5-2019/)

About the Rail Passengers Association:

The Rail Passengers Association, previously known as the National Association of Railroad Passengers, is the oldest and largest national organization speaking for the nearly 40 million users of passenger trains and rail transit. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the U.S. Our mission is to work towards a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. Our work is supported by more than 28,000 individual members nationwide. RPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Dues and contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the laws. Web site – (https://www.railpassengers.org/)