NARP Meeting in Springfield | Aug. 19th


New England 2017 Regional NARP Meeting – Springfield, MA

‘A Connected New England’

Presented by the National Association of Railroad Passengers

Sa. August 19, 2017
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sheration Monarch Place Hotel
1 Monarch Place
Springfield, Ma.



Springfield is at a crossroads, both literally and figuratively. From the remodeled Union Station to the under-construction MGM Casino, major investments are being made in Springfield’s civic and economic growth. And geographically, Springfield is a key connecting point between the Boston area and upstate New York, as well as between Western Connecticut and Vermont.

Join us as we discuss the role of passenger rail in connecting these regions and the economic development that inevitably follows such investments.

Among other issues, we’ll discuss the need to extend the MBTA’s commuter rail west from Worcester to Springfield, as well as the need to run more frequent service north and south along the “knowledge corridor” between Springfield and Greenfield via Holyoke and Northampton.

A Connected New England benefits the entire region, and Springfield is key.


Timothy Brennan
Executive Director
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Jim Mathews
National Association of Railroad Passengers

Lunch Remarks:

Springfield Mayor
Dominic Sarno

Meeting Program Includes A Complete Hot Lunch Buffet


Early Regular Attendee Registration
$45.00 If Paid In Full By August 11

Late Attendee Registration
$50.00 If Paid After August 11 or At Door

Student Attendee Registration – $25.00

Sponsor Level Registration – $100.00


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9:30: Morning tour of Springfield Union Station (RSVP required)

10:30 – 11:00: Check-in and on-site registration

11:00 – 11:10: Welcoming remarks and council introductions
11:10 – 11:50:  Jim Mathews, plus Q&A
11:50 – 12:00: Break

12:00 – 13:00: LUNCH, with speakers
> 12:15: Brief remarks from Mayor Sarno
> 12:30ish: State updates, complete by 12:50

13:00 – 14:00: Tim Brennan, plus Q&A
“Leveraging Rail Assets and Connections to Move the Knowledge Corridor’s Economy”

14:00 – 15:00: Adjourn and socialize

15:30: Afternoon tour of Union Station (RSVP not required)



For meeting attendees, a general post-meeting tour of the newly-remodeled Springfield Union Station will be available at 3:30 pm.

A pre-meeting tour at 9:30 am is available by specific advance request. If you are interested in a tour at this time please contact Tom Girsch at to reserve a spot.


Last updated: August 11, 2017

Launch Event Roundup

The Launch Event for at the Platform Sports Bar on April 12th has come and gone and this train has pulled out of the station!

Retired Congressman John Olver and
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz at the Launch Event | April 12, 2016

Thank you everyone who came out to see us on our way! (we had about 45 people in total)

In particular we’d like to thank
Mayor Narkewicz
Retired Congressman Olver
Terry Masterson, Economic Development Director, City of Northampton
Keith Barnicle, District Representative for Congressman McGovern, and
Michael Tautznik, former Mayor of Easthampton

for coming to our event.

We were also very happy to have one railroad in attendance. Milton Brill, the General Manager of the Pioneer Valley Railroad in Westfield was in attendance along with PVRR’s Manager of Marketing and Sales.

If you couldn’t make it to the event you can watch an edited summary of the program on this link:

Trains in the Valley Launch Event video
by Rachel Ayotte | Northampton Community Television
April 12, 2016


Here’s a brief roundup of the news coverage from the event:

“Trains in the Valley advocacy group pushes for more rail in Pioneer Valley”
Jim Kinney | MassLive | April 9, 2016

“Organization Founded To Advocate For More Rail In Pioneer Valley”
Paul Tuthill | WAMC | April 12, 2016

“Trains in the Valley hopes to improve travel in Pioneer Valley”
Jamie Leslie | WGGB/WSHM | April 12, 2016

Live interview with Bob Flaherty
WHMP / April 11, 2016

We also were interviewed by Passenger Train Journal, a printed magazine that is published quarterly.


Maybe you’re wondering why you can’t find the website when you “Google” Trains in the Valley?

Google knows that the site is live but we understand that it can take some time for their systems to “crawl” and index new websites. Rest assured, Google is working on it!

Thank you for your support.