Mission & Goals

The mission of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) is to work for a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want.

NARP is the largest national membership advocacy organization for train and rail transit passengers. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the United States. Our work is supported by around 23,000 individual members.

NARP's vision is for an expanded national network of passenger trains (short, medium, and long-distance), putting 80% of Americans within 25 miles of a train station served by frequent, fast, and reliable trains providing top-notch customer service. NARP also seeks to have at least one high-speed rail line with trains operating at a maximum speed of at least 220 mph in operation by 2025. Finally, NARP seeks enhanced connectivity between intercity trains and airports, intercity buses, local transit, cycling and walking, and car rental and sharing service for a seamless multi-modal transportation network.

NARP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Dues and contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

NARP is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, which is elected by the all-volunteer Council of Representatives, our national advisory body elected by the general membership by state. Click here for a list of Directors and RepresentativesClick here for profiles of NARP's Washington, DC professional staff.