It was a grand meeting!!!
Among our invited guests were Patricia Quinn - Executive Director of NNEPRA, David Fink- President of Pan Am Railways and Bruce A. Van Note - Maine Commissioner of Transportation (Commissioner Van Note was unable to attend) and Maine Senator Susan Collins. Much is happening with passenger and freight rail in Maine and there was no better place to get a full briefing than at our Annual Meeting. In addition, we celebrated the Downeaster's 18th birthday!
Senator Susan Collins, chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Transportation, was unable to join us but appeared via video from Washington. She has been instrumental in increasing Amtrak's budget and has been a friend and constant supporter of TrainRiders/NE.
Over the years, our Maine delegation in Washington has regularly advanced the transportation needs of our state and made the Downeaster financially possible. We are indebted to their past and continued support.
We always look forward to Patricia Quinn's 'Downeaster Numbers.' As Executive Director of NNEPRA, she and her staff are responsible for the impressive growth of 'America's Favorite Train.' In addition, she outlined several projects that will keep the service growing. How was this year's Downeaster performance? Ms. Quinn had the answers.
This year's video was a combination of an earlier version with updated material. For many, it was the first time they saw TRN's battle against media skeptics and political opponents. 'Determination' was the keyword!
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