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Passenger Rail Forum

The Toledo Amtrak station is the busiest passenger rail station in Ohio with more than 85,000 passengers in 2013. There is a strong regional interest in train travel in the general public as can be seen in the large crowds that attend National Train Day Toledo in May. The Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association (NOPRA) and TMACOG will present a Passenger Rail Forum for anyone interested in train transportation Monday, November 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Toledo Club. Registration is required. Log on to PassengerRailForum2014.eventbrite.com. or contact NOPRA at NWOhioPassengerRail@gmail.com, or Diane Reamer-Evans at TMACOG at 419.241.9155 ext. 117.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event is David King, general manager of Triangle Transit in the Durham/Raleigh/Chapel Hill region of North Carolina. King is a former leader of the North Carolina Department of Transportation rail division where he was instrumental in extending passenger rail in the state. He is past chair of Reconnecting America, an organization working to redefine national policies on intercity travel for a convenient, secure, financially viable, and sustainable network.

The forum will also include a panel discussion with transportation and public transit experts:
 Rob Greenlese, Commissioner, Ohio Rail Development Commission
 Gabriel Hall, President, US RAIL Corporation
 Royce Maniko, AICP, Manager of Community Planning–Michigan, The Mannik &    Smith Group

Tickets are $30 for NOPRA members and TMACOG members, $35 for non-members, and $20 for students.

David King, general manager of Triangle Transit in the Durham/Raleigh/Chapel Hill region of North Carolina, will be the featured speaker at the Passenger Rail Forum.



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