Quick Note: Train Host Program

signalTrainRiders/NE Train Hosts serve as goodwill ambassadors onboard the Downeaster to assist passengers with information; assist train crews in duties as requested by them; and promote rail safety.

As a volunteer, you'll travel between Maine and Boston conversing with passengers along the way.

Click on "Host Program" in the above menu for more information.

NARP Honors NH, VT & NY Legislators for Bipartisan Work to Enhance US-Canada Amtrak Service

NARP LogoTrainriders/Northeast is pleased to acknowledge the honoring of three long-time passenger rail supporters in the United States Congress with the 2017 Golden Spike Award from the National Association of Rail Passengers.

Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Representative Elise Stefarik of New York and Representative Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire "were honored for their work in successfully enacting legislation to facilitate travel and commerce between the United States and Canada, advancing border security between the two nations."

From NARP:

The Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act, signed into law in December 2016, allowed for the upgrade of U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance facilities—easing the movement of people and goods at rail, land, marine and airports. The bipartisan bill, which expands U.S. preclearance operations to train stations for the first time ever, will make it easier for both American and Canadian passengers to travel internationally by train — an economic boost for U.S. communities that depend on tourism.

This legislation should clear the way for the extension of the Vermonter to Montreal which will better connect Canadian consumers to New England tourist destinations.  Currently, the Vermonter travels as far north as Saint Albans, VT, but this legislation could lead to a one-seat ride from Montreal, Canada to Washington, DC.