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Archive -- Spring Advocacy Conference + Virtual Day on the Hill


Sunday, April 18, 2021 1:00 PM Tuesday, April 20, 2021 5:00 PM


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2021 Day on the Hill

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We have officially opened registration for the 2021 Rail Passengers Virtual Day on the Hill taking place on Sunday, April 18th through Tuesday, April 20th. The full agenda can be found below. Join us to make sure you have the tools and latest information as you advocate for "A Connected America" with your elected officials on the Hill during our second annual National Day of Action!

The cost for the event is $45 and that includes:

  • Board & Council business meeting (Board/Council ONLY) and General Membership Presentation on Sunday;

  • Advocacy sessions on Monday featuring presentations and updates from staff, Amtrak, and federal officials;

  • Tuesday's Virtual Day on the Hill.

Please note that holding these sessions online dramatically reduces the cost of our Spring activities when compared with an in-person meeting, and also makes it possible for many more members to attend...including YOU! Online meetings reduce cost, but they don’t eliminate it -- there are direct and indirect expenses associated with producing an event of this scope, including our online meeting hosting services and our paid Zoom licenses. Your registration fee goes to offset those expenses involved with production of the meeting.


NOTICE: If you have funds in reserve from a RailNationDC 2020 registration, those monies aren’t eligible for use with this event. They may be applied to the next RailNation in person event, which as of today is expected to take place in September. If you have any questions regarding RailNation 2020 funds, please contact Jonsie Stone at [email protected]

Sunday, April 18th (All Times Eastern)

1 - 4p

Business Meeting (Council & Board Members ONLY)

1 - 3p

General Membership Presentation

  • Sean Jeans-Gail, VP of Government Affairs & Policy, Rail Passengers Association
  • Daniel Plaugher, Executive Director , Virginians for High Speed Rail

Monday, April 19th (All Times Eastern)


Opening Remarks & Amtrak - Annual Update

  • Jim Mathews, President & CEO, Rail Passengers Association
  • Bill Flynn, CEO, Amtrak
  • Stephen Gardner, President, Amtrak
9:50 - 10:00a



Amtrak - National Network Expansion

  • Larry Chestler, VP for Long Distance Service Line, Amtrak
10:30 - 10:45a



Onboarding: Understanding the Path to Normal Travel & Commuting Patterns

  • Joe McAndrew, Vice President for Regional Mobility & Infrastructure, Greater Washington Partnership
  • Benét J. Wilson, Senior Editor, The Points Guy
  • Arthur L. Guzzetti, Vice President – Policy and Mobility, American Public Transportation Association
11:30 - 11:45a




  • Tony Coscia, Chairman of the Board, Amtrak
12:15 - 12:30p



Day on the Hill: Legislative Briefing & Preparation

  • Sean Jeans-Gail, VP of Government Affairs & Policy, Rail Passengers Association

Chairman's Closing Remarks

  • Ken Briers, Chairman of the Board, Rail Passengers Association

Tuesday, April 20th

All day

Day on the Hill