Urgent Action Alert!

Contact Congress now to urge their support for the maximum passenger rail and public transportation funding in 2017!

Contact Congress now to urge their support for the maximum passenger rail and public transportation funding in 2017!

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSPERSON NOW!!

FY 2017 Transportation Funding Bills Advance

All Aboard Ohio urges you to contact your Congressperson now! Why? We have a great opportunity to get the funding tools necessary to improve and expand passenger rail service in Ohio, like a daily Amtrak Cardinal or the Pennsylvanian extended to Chicago. Now.

Please take a minute to contact your Congressperson CLICK HERE and politely ask him/her to support S.2844, the 2017 transportation funding bill, and the maximum funding for these passenger rail programs:

  • $25 million for Federal State Partnership for State of Good Repair (House offers $25 million vs Senate’s $20 million);
  • $50 million for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements (House offers $25 million vs Senate’s $50 million);
  • $15 million for Restoration & Enhancements Grants (House offers $0 vs Senate’s $15 million).

The House and Senate bills also provide equal funding amounts for public transportation ($12.5 billion), railroad capital programs ($1.7 billion), and Amtrak ($1.42 billion). Please ask your Congressperson to support railroads and public transportation at their authorized funding amounts to create jobs and improve access to jobs.

The bill now goes to the full House Appropriations Committee, possibly next week, and then to the House floor for a vote in June. For more detailed descriptions of both the Senate and House appropriations bills, please CLICK HERE.

Thank you in advance for prompt action!

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Contact Us!

Please note as of Dec. 1, 2014, All Aboard Ohio moved its statewide offices to Cleveland’s public transportation and retail hub, Tower City Center! Our new mailing address is:

All Aboard Ohio
230 West Huron Road #85.53
Cleveland, OH 44113

Our telephone number remains (844) 464-7245, a toll-free number you may better remember as 844-GO4-RAIL. Our e-mail address continues to be info@allaboardohio.org for general inquiries.

 

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You’ll enjoy instant news on rail travel discounts or special packages, travel tips, rail and transit service interruptions, local/state/federal policy issues, discussion and dialogue from around Ohio, the U.S. and even the world. For more in-depth news, dues-paying members receive the quarterly Ohio Passenger Rail News. Click HERE (5mb PDF) for a free sample of our newsletter. Please join All Aboard Ohio if you think this flow of information is important and you want it to continue. With your support, it will!

June 2016 e-Edition newsletter

Cover of June 2016 newsletter. Click the link below to view the newsletter (1.7mb PDF).

Cover of June 2016 newsletter. Click the link below to view the newsletter (1.7mb PDF).

Download the June 2016 issue CLICK HERE to read the following stories:

  • $58m in station projects in Toledo, Sandusky, Elyria and Cleveland
  • Cincinnati Streetcar opens on Sept. 9th
  • Amtrak trains thru Ohio & Indiana at 90 mph?
  • Please contact your Congressperson today! SEE MORE HERE
  • Ohio transit funds rise for first time this century
  • Get smart! Ohio transit finally adopting smart cards
  • Illustration of the Month
  • AAO membership elects new board of directors

Please contact us at info@allaboardohio.org if you have any difficulties downloading the newsletter or if you have any comments or questions. Thank you!

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Members elect new AAO Board

Many of All Aboard Ohio's board members, including all four of its new board members, pose following the nonprofit association's May 21 Annual Meeting in Columbus. From left are board members Robert Winn of Cleveland, Michael Connor of Dover, David Burns of West Milton, Sue Mancino of Wickliffe, Laurie Housemeyer of Cincinnati, Eric Childress of Columbus, Executive Director Ken Prendergast (not a board member) of Lakewood, Tom Horsman of Cleveland, Theresa Allen of Forest, Marvin Ranaldson of Lakewood, Chairman Jack Shaner of Columbus, and Jerry Wicks of Bowling Green.

Eleven of All Aboard Ohio’s 15 board members, including all four of its new board members, pose following the nonprofit association’s May 21 Annual Meeting in Columbus. From left are board members Robert Winn of Cleveland, Michael Connor of Dover, David Burns of West Milton, Sue Mancino of Wickliffe, Laurie Housemeyer of Cincinnati, Eric Childress of Columbus, Executive Director Ken Prendergast (not a board member) of Lakewood, Tom Horsman of Cleveland, Theresa Allen of Forest, Marvin Ranaldson of Lakewood, Chairman Jack Shaner of Columbus, and Jerry Wicks of Bowling Green. (ALL ABOARD OHIO photo; click photo to enlarge).

At its Annual Meeting held Saturday May 21 in Columbus, All Aboard Ohio’s general membership elected qualified and dedicated persons to the nonprofit association’s 15-member board of directors. This included three new membership-elected board members Tom Horsman of Cleveland, Sue Mancino of Wickliffe and Robert Winn of Cleveland.

A fourth new board member, Laurie Housemeyer of Cincinnati, who expressed interest in serving after the filing deadline was appointed to the board by the newly elected directors, as per the association’s bylaws. Also according to the bylaws, the directors chose the association’s officers from among their ranks. Re-elected officers were Chairman Jack Shaner of Columbus, Secretary Charles Horn of Kenton, and Treasurer Ken Clifford of Medway. Newly elected as vice-chairman was Derek Bauman of Cincinnati.

All Aboard Ohio thanks outgoing board members Timothy Porter of Toledo, Ronald Sheck of Sylvania, Akshai Singh of Cleveland Heights, and Ken Sislak of Shaker Heights for their volunteerism and professionalism in service to the association. All expressed a desire to remain supportive of All Aboard Ohio albeit in less active capacities.

Please see our “About” page for a current list of the entire All Aboard Ohio Board of Directors and its officers. Their individual contact information appears on Page 7 of each print issue of the Ohio Passenger Rail News that is mailed to all dues-paying All Aboard Ohio members.

— Executive Director Ken Prendergast

A busy May of AAO events!

It’s going to be a busy May for All Aboard Ohio! Come to one of these events, all of which are open to the public. Only the Annual Meeting incurs a small registration fee, but you’ll get well-fed!

May 2: CINCINNATI/Southwest Ohio Spring Meeting — Monday, May 2, 6 pm at Pi Pizzeria, 199 E 6th St, downtown Cincinnati. Agenda & details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/270796169922066/

May 7: TOLEDO/National Train Day — Saturday, May 7, 9:30 am-4 pm, MLK Plaza/Amtrak station, 300 Martin Luther King Jr., Toledo. All Aboard Ohio is a proud sponsor! Attractions, events & details here: http://www.tmacog.org/National_Train_Day_Toledo.htm

May 14: CLEVELAND/AAO Local Meeting — Saturday, May 14, 10 am-12 noon, Conference room above the AAO office in the Sustainable Cleveland Center, Tower City Center (230 West Huron, downtown), above foot court and across from Hard Rock Cafe. Contact Ken Prendergast at 216-288-4883. Agenda: Amtrak expansion, Lakefront Multimodal Transportation Center update, NEO transit update.

May 14: COLUMBUS/AAO Local Meeting — Saturday, May 14, 10 am-12 noon, Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus. Contact Larry Robertson at 614-459-0359. Agenda: Transportation Planning in Central Ohio, reports on meetings attended and more.

May 21: COLUMBUS/AAO ANNUAL MEETING — Saturday, May 21, 10 am to 2 pm (registration at 9:30 am) Spaghetti Warehouse, 397 W. Broad St., Columbus. Late registration after May 18? Contact: Ken Prendergast at 216-288-4883. Pay online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-aboard-ohio-annual-meeting-2016-tickets-21608607928?aff=eac2

Annual Meeting agenda: former AAO Chairman Ron Sheck PhD–“The Way It Was: 50+ years of riding trains across Ohio”; Josh Lapp, Vice Chair, Transit Columbus–“Central Ohio rail/transit planning update.” AAO elections, updates, board meeting, continental breakfast, lunch. Registration for members: $25 per head of party & $15 for each additional person in your party. Non-members $35 per attendee, including 2016 membership in All Aboard Ohio. Members should see their latest newsletter for more details.

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