Young Advocates Testify in Support of California High Speed Rail


Contact: Logan McLeod, 202-408-8362

June 11, 2014


Young Advocates Testify in Support of California High Speed Rail

Washington, DC -- On Tuesday, June third the National Association of Railroad Passengers presented a panel of students, recent graduates and young professionals to testify in support of California high speed rail. This lunch-time event was part of the three-day West Coast Rail Conference in San Francisco presented by the US High Speed Rail Association.

The panel of young advocates was introduced by the Honorable Fiona Ma, former Assemblywoman and Speaker Pro Tem.  Each of the seven speakers provided different examples of why they support CA HSR, citing the benefits of high speed service in California and the demand for it, especially among the Millennial generation.

Andrew McLane, a NARP member and recent graduate of San Francisco State, helped mobilize the young speakers, which included McLane and his peers as well as NARP members Rebecca Sansom and Jeffery Tucker.

“One of the reasons I’m here today is because I feel a heightened sense of responsibility to do whatever I can to ensure that my generation’s opportunities are no longer car-dependent,” said Rebecca Sansom in her speech.

McLane wrote after the event, “There is no doubt about my generation’s interest in high speed rail being based on responsible mobility that encourages and embraces collectivity and environmental stewardship.”

Among attendees were industry professionals, including a representative from Siemens and other stakeholders in the CA HSR project. Erik Tallen, one of the speakers and recent graduate of San Francisco State, wrote after the event, “The conference attendees were enthused that there were these young people supporting high speed rail.”

NARP organized this event in support of CA HSR and the #IWillRide initiative as part of NARP’s new Millennial Outreach Campaign, which empowers student leaders and recent grads to become leaders in passenger train advocacy. NARP has chosen California as the starting point of its nation-wide campaign, where it will be working with local affiliate groups to develop student initiatives that build support for CA HSR.

About the National Association of Railroad Passengers

NARP is the only national organization speaking for the 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 over 28,000 individual members.