May 10, 2014 More Than 300 Cities Celebrate How Trains Matter

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Top North Dakota Leaders Join Amtrak President & CEO in Minot

MINOT, N.D. – Every state in America and tens of thousands of people today celebrated how trains matter to the nation during more than 300 events for the seventh annual National Train Day.

In Minot, N.D., this morning, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman and the state’s Congressional delegation met at the city’s historic Amtrak station to meet the public and share facts about how trains are an integral part of daily American life, connect communities, provide jobs and economic development, support local businesses and attract funds for infrastructure improvement.

“Trains have long been important to the growth and prosperity of our nation and today Amtrak supports our national economy and connectivity by moving America where it wants to go,” said Boardman, who added that rail travel is a vital transportation alternative that is cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and in high public demand.

In addition, intercity passenger trains matter because they connect rural communities with major metropolitan areas and afford passengers more than 500 destinations – an option that has become increasingly important as airline and bus companies reduce service to significant regions of America.

“North Dakota is the fastest growing state in the nation, which has created the need for increased capacity to move both products and people,” said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., during the event in Minot. “As we gather today in Minot to observe National Train Day, it is important to recognize the important role trains play in our state.”

“A resource-rich state, North Dakota relies on transportation to carry its products to market, and, as we have seen recently, this is critical to our economic well-being, and a challenge when we have a lot of product to move,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in a statement issued in Minot. “Amtrak is another important piece to the rail service upon which North Dakota relies.”

“I am pleased to participate in the celebration of National Train Day in Minot, recognizing the importance of rail transportation,” said Cong. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. “Trains matter greatly to citizens who rely on the Empire Builder, to farmers who need to get their grain to domestic and global markets, and to the developers driving us toward national energy security, just to name a few.”

Boardman spent more than three days this week in North Dakota, talking with community leaders on the Empire Builder route. Yesterday, Amtrak sponsored a hiring fair at Minot Air Force Base as part of a veterans hiring initiative, with a goal that 25 percent of new Amtrak hires be veterans by 2015.

Amtrak helped National Train Day events today in markets across the country served by America’s Railroad®, including train equipment displays, family-friendly activities and local dignitaries. Details on local National Train Day events and information are available at

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