September 10, 2015 Amtrak Powers Cross-Country Creative Project

Chelsea Kopta

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WASHINGTON – Amtrak is partnering with Passion Passport, a community of storytellers, photographers and videographers united around the transformative power of travel, to bring together some of the nation’s leading creative voices in the travel industry aboard a multi-day cross-country train journey Sept. 11 – 25 for the first-ever Passport Express.

Passport Express creative leaders will provide a variety of workshops and seminars to the group of 24 community members that will embark on this two-week travel experience. In addition to learning about topics such as photography, design and creative writing, the selected passengers will get to take in the sights that can only be seen from the window of an Amtrak train.

“The Passport Express experience will highlight all of the best things cross-country train travel has to offer,” said Julia Quinn, Amtrak director of public relations. “No other form of transportation offers the opportunity to experience amazing scenery, an environment that fosters engaging collaboration and the unique opportunity to explore and be inspired by the diversity of landscapes America has to offer.”

Passport Express onboard participants include: photographer, educator and traveler Pei Ketron; Emmy ® award-winning host and creator of the Bare Feet® Series Mickela Mallozzi; photographer and creative director Adrienne Pitts; travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins; and photographer and adventurer Michael George.

Departing from Washington, D.C., with stops in Chicago, , St. Paul, Minn., Whitefish, Mont., Portland, Ore., and arriving in San Francisco, , Passport Express will cover three Amtrakroutes. Participants will tell the story of their experience aboard Amtrak using the hashtag #PassportExpress. Fans and followers can also interact with Passport Express participants using the hashtag.

The Capitol Limited, Empire Builder and Coast Starlight are part of a national network that provides service to small towns and big cities across America. In addition to providing mobility and connectivity, Amtrak provides economic opportunities, helping communities across America to grow and prosper.

This program is part of an effort by Amtrak to feature the unique travel experience cross country train travel offers, while also highlighting the more than 500 destinations served by Amtrak. Other recent social programs focused on the travel experience only provided by trains include the popular #AmtrakResidency program and #AmtrakLIVE. For more information on Amtrak and Passport Express, visit

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